Published: Sat, June 24, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Officials Confirm Some Russian Hacking Allegations As New Ones Come In

Officials Confirm Some Russian Hacking Allegations As New Ones Come In

A day earlier, Trump spokesman Sean Spicer said he still has yet to know the president's thoughts on whether Russian Federation interfered in the election.

Last September, the DHS told The Associated Press that hackers believed to be Russian agents had targeted voter registration systems in more than 20 states.

(Time notes it is unknown if these particular hackers were Russian agents.) almost 90,000 records containing personal information were accessed by Russian hackers, with 90 percent of those records containing some kind of personal information, general counsel of the State Board of Elections, Ken Menzel, said.

"I know of no evidence that, through cyber-intrusions, votes were altered or suppressed in some way", Johnson said.

Last year, reports circulated that hackers had targeted the voter registration systems in the states of IL and Arizona.

Trump brought fresh attention to the dispute this morning when he attacked Democrats in a string of tweets for their moaning and groaning about Russian interference in the election that intelligence officials have concluded was meant to hurt Clinton.

Johnson was homeland security chief for the Democratic President Barack Obama from December 2013 to January 2017. "At no point during my tenure at the DNC was I contacted by the FBI, DHS or any government agency, or alerted or made aware that they believed that the Russians, an enemy state, was intruding on our network".

Johnson says he moved to designate US elections as critical infrastructure on the same day as the release of a declassified USA intelligence report that said Russian President Vladimir Putin "ordered" an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election.

"I believe the Russians will absolutely try to continue to conduct influence operations in the US", which will include cyberattacks, Priestap said.

President Donald Trump appeared to cast doubt on the assessment of 17 USA intelligence agencies that blame Russian Federation for election meddling, questioning Thursday why the Obama administration didn't try to stop it.

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Mueller took over the Russian Federation probe in May after Trump fired James Comey.

"I think the primary goal (of the 2016 effort) in my mind was to sow discord, and to try to de-legitimise our free and fair election process, "FBI Counterintelligence Division Assistant Director Bill Priestap said, CNN reported".

'I was not pleased, ' Johnson said.

"If we needed more assistance, we would have asked for it", Dean said.

Mr Trump frequently lashes out at the Russian Federation investigation as a "witch hunt" spearheaded by Democrats.

As attacks against election targets became increasingly visible in 2016, Jeh Johnson, who was secretary into early 2017, floated the idea of designating election infrastructure as critical infrastructure, making it a top security priority for DHS and give it the benefit of domestic and worldwide cybersecurity protections.

This received backlash from several state election officials due to hesitation for the federal government stepping into state business, said Johnson.

Russian hackers targeted 21 US states" election systems in a year ago " s presidential race, a Department of Homeland Security official told Congress on Wednesday.

Again, a lie. All 17 USA intelligence agencies agree.

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