’21 States Were Targeted’: DHS Officials Drop Major Revelation On Russia Election Hack
During a hearing before Congress Wednesday, Homeland Security officials revealed that Russian government-linked hackers targeted as many as 21 states’ election systems last year, CNN reports.
According to the network, Samuel Liles, DHS’ acting Director of Cyber Division of the department’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis, said that by late September the intelligence community concluded that 21 states “were potentially targeted by Russian government-linked cyber actors” with scanning of Internet-connected election systems.
The stunning revelation came during a hearing of DHS and FBI cybersecurity officials before the Senate intelligence committee, the report says.
A second DHS official, Acting Director of Undersecretary, National Protection and Programs Directorate Jeanette Manfra, backed up Liles’ testimony.
“We have evidence of … election-related systems in 21 states were targeted,” she said.
Senate intelligence committee chairman Richard Burr asked if any evidence votes were changed by these Russian cyber efforts, all three witnesses — Liles, Manfra, and FBI Assistant Director for Counterintelligence Priestap — all said “no sir.”
“However, the lack of evidence doesn’t mean it did not occur.”