Russian Federation successfully hacked into voter rolls during 2016 election
Feb 09 2018
Case in point, NBC News pushed a "BREAKING" news report on Wednesday that centered on an interview with Jeanette Manfra, the head of cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security, saying Russian Federation successfully penetrated voter registration rolls of several US states prior to 2016 presidential election.
Jeanette Manfra, the Homeland Security official tasked with securing the system from hackers, told NBC News that a total of 21 states were targeted and "an exceptionally small number of them were actually successfully penetrated".
Jeh Johnson, the DHS secretary during the election, told NBC that "We were able to determine that the scanning and probing of voter registration databases was coming from the Russian government".
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis), chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said the "scattered" jurisdiction poses risks to the country.
Other states that NBC contacted said they were still waiting for cybersecurity help from the federal government.
US officials said there was no evidence that any of the voter rolls were actually altered. Johnson says the nation's electoral systems are a part of the nation's federally protected critical infrastructure and could be targeted by hackers.
Voters cast their ballots as others wait in line at the Oxford Park Commission in Oxford Miss. Nov. 8 2016
The fear is that if hackers can get into the voter registration rolls, they can remove voters, causing chaos on election day and potentially swinging elections.
Manfra disagreed with Johnson's statement and said that all states have taken the threat of hacking seriously. He has also yet to unambiguously acknowledge that Russian Federation interfered in the election to get him elected.
"It's problematic that a foreign nation is involved in our election system because democracy is only as good as the people trust in results", Bush said, according to The Independent.
President Donald Trump has vehemently denied the White House colluded with Russian Federation in any way.
A special counsel was appointed shortly after to look into possible collusion between the Trump camp and Moscow.