A U.S. official has revealed shocking details regarding the Russian intervention in the election 2016. The official in charge of protecting American elections has admitted that Russia had successfully penetrated the voter registration rolls of several U.S. states. The NBC News interviewed the official and have released the meeting minutes on the internet.
Jeanette Manfra, the head of cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security says that she couldn’t talk into much details the matter of classified information to the general public. “We saw a targeting of 21 states and an exceptionally small number of them were actually successfully penetrated” – says Miss Manfra
According to the officials, it was the intention of Russia to affect the U.S. elections and these cyber attacks are a clue to such perfidious intentions. It’s a kind of wakeup call to the U.S. government to take actions and strengthen their security. “We were able to determine that the scanning and probing of voter registration databases was coming from the Russian government,” says the ex-official Jeh Johnson (Ex-DHS Secretary)
However, there is no evidence if any of these voter registration rolls were altered.
Johnson fears that none of the states has taken possible security measures to strengthen their cybersecurity. Jeanette Manfra doesn’t agree with Johnson and she said that the states have taken the best possible measures to cope with the incoming threat from Russia.
In 2016, it was found that voter data was compromised, hackers were into the system for several weeks until they were caught. The Illinois Board of Elections acknowledged this information. Many states claimed that the federal government called the information as classified and didn’t release any details regarding the incident. The federal government reserved the information and kept it as classified for state officials.