Russians successfully penetrated the voter registration rolls of several U.S. states during the 2016 presidential election, a top U.S. official revealed Thursday.
Jeanette Manfra, the head of cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security, made stunning revelation during an interview with NBC News. Manfra said she couldn’t talk about classified information publicly, but in 2016, “We saw a targeting of 21 states and an exceptionally number of them were actually successfully penetrated.”
Jeh Johnson, who was DHS secretary during the Russian intrusions, said, “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.”
“We were able to determine that the scanning and probing of voter registration databases was coming from the Russian government.”
Political Dig reported in Sept. 2016 that more than 20 states had been targeted by the Russians.
Many of the states complained the federal government did not provide specific threat details, saying that information was classified and state officials did not have proper clearances. Manfra told NBC those clearances are now being processed.
Watch the interview below: