Published: Sat, February 10, 2018
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Russian Federation successfully hacked into voter rolls during 2016 election

Russian Federation successfully hacked into voter rolls during 2016 election

NBC News said on Thursday that it had reached out to officials of the 21 states that were targeted.

The left-leaning news outlet published an article on Thursday titled, "Russians penetrated US voter systems", claiming that "Russians successfully penetrated the voter registration rolls of several USA states prior to the 2016 presidential election". But there are concerns that states are not doing enough to protect their electoral systems for 2018 and 2020 elections.

"We saw a targeting of 21 states and an exceptionally small number of them were actually successfully penetrated", Manfra said.

The DHS Secretary at that time, Jeh Johnson, said that the Russian interference was a "wake-up call".

Of those, a "small number" were successfully penetrated, according to a Homeland Security Department official tasked with protecting elections from hacking threats.

Host Chris "Thrill Up My Leg" Matthews covered it, as did progressive princess Rachel Maddow, who suggested the Trump administration wanted to hide the news that "Russia hacked the voter rolls".


Numerous states said they weren't provided specific details from the government about the cyberthreats.

The attempted intrusions were aimed at targeted online systems including registration databases, not the voting itself or tabulation machines used on Election Day.

A leaked NSA document published by The Intercept bolstered that report.

Following the 2016 presidential election, USA intelligence officials noted Russia's deliberate attempts to undermine American democracy by influencing voters across social media platforms. "We can take steps we can take, but this is something that, once they decide they're going to do it, it's very hard to pre-empt it".

Both measures are stalled in Congress, worrying some lawmakers that states' election systems won't be protected in time for the upcoming midterm elections. "And yet what have we done?"

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