A senior US intelligence official claims the Russians successfully penetrated the voter registration rolls of several US states prior to the 2016 presidential election.
“We saw a targeting of 21 states and an exceptionally small number of them were actually successfully penetrated,” Jeanette Manfra, the head of cyber-security at the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), told NBC News on Wednesday.
Manfra, whose role is to protect American elections from hacking, did not specify which states had been successfully penetrated, saying she could not publicly disclose classified information.
“We were able to determine that the scanning and probing of voter registration databases was coming from the Russian government,” she said.
However, there is still no evidence that any of the voter registration rolls were altered in any fashion, according to US officials.
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