Russians Successfully Hacked US Voter Systems Before 2016 Election, Top Official Says

Frederick Owens
February 9, 2018

A US official said that Russians successfully hacked into voter registration rolls prior to the 2016 presidential election.

Jeanette Manfra, the U.S. official overseeing cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security, said that Russian Federation has targeted the voter registration systems of 21 USA states ahead of the 2016 election.

'2016 was a wake-up call and now it's incumbent upon states and the Feds to do something about it before our democracy is attacked again, ' Johnson said. Manfra said there was no waiting list and that DHS will get to everyone.

"We were able to determine that the scanning and probing of voter registration databases was coming from the Russian government", Manfra added.

With NBC News establishing the narrative, it was picked up by a number of other news outlets - like the New York Daily News, which declared in its headline that "U.S. official confirms for first time" that Russians hackers had penetrated voter systems.

She declined to go into further detail about the classified information but said there was "no doubt" the Russian government was behind the attacks.

Voters cast their ballots as others wait in line at the Oxford Park Commission in Oxford Miss. Nov. 8 2016

Before leaving his post in January 2017, Johnson designated the electoral systems a part of the U.S.'s federally protected "critical infrastructure", making it the department's official duty to safeguard them.

Russians targeted 21 states' voter registration rolls during the 2016 presidential election.

Manfra disagreed, claiming that "they have all taken it seriously".

A special counsel was appointed shortly after to look into possible collusion between the Trump camp and Moscow.

Tillerson also said he believed Russian Federation was already attempting to tamper in the 2018 midterm elections.

Bush has been vocal about his worries about the current climate of the United States, and he said that foreign interference should not be tolerated.

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