A sinister portrait of Russia's cyberattacks on the USA emerged Wednesday as current and former US officials told Congress Moscow stockpiled stolen information and selectively disseminated it during the 2016 presidential campaign to undermine the American political process.
Lawson also told the Senate intelligence committee Wednesday that the government is not sharing classified details about the breach with state officials. She said the operators of the targeted election systems have been made aware of the attempted intrusions, but declined to name the states. He added that he feels Americans paid less attention to the October statement because it came around the same time as the release of a 2005 tape in which then-candidate Donald Trump bragged about groping women.
"Multiple checks and redundancies in US election infrastructures, including diversity of systems, noninternet-connected voting machines, pre-election testing, and processes for media, campaign, and election officials to check, audit, and validate the results, all of these made it likely that cyber manipulation of the USA election system meant to change the outcome of the national election would be detected", Liles said.
Bill Priestap, the FBI's assistant director of the Counterintelligence Division, said Russian Federation "has for years conducted influence operations targeting our elections".
"As of right now, we have evidence that election-related systems in 21 states were targeted", Manfra (pictured below) told the Senate Intelligence Committee.
None of the systems targeted or compromised was involved in vote tallying, the report said, and there's no indication Russia's prying changed vote counts in key states.
"Prior to Election Day, I also personally reviewed with the CEO of The Associated Press its long-standing election-day reporting process, including the redundancies and safeguards in its systems", Johnson said. President Trump was trying to address the ongoing investigations into the 2016 presidential election, linking his campaign to the Russian hacks.
Last month, Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, who was leading the agency's Russian Federation probe.
"All we do is win, win, win", the President said to cheers in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as he pressed Democrats to support his legislative agenda in the Congress.
Johnson told the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday that his department developed a plan to offer cybersecurity assistance to state election officials. Special counsel Robert Mueller is conducting an inquiry into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.
The president's tweet Thursday appears to cast doubt on the assessment of 17 intelligence agencies that blame Russian Federation for election meddling.
In August, he said he "floated the idea" of designating the country's election infrastructure as critical - which would allow election officials to get cybersecurity help.
In an interview with NBC Russian President #Vladimir Putin said that the hackers interfering in the U.S. election could have been from the United States, who skillfully shifted the blame on Russia. Johnson says he not aware of any information beyond what's been reported publicly and what the US intelligence community has gathered.
Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida said he was asked repeatedly in the fall by citizens if their vote was going to count, and said more information needs to be given to the public so they have confidence.
But Johnson's decision triggered an outcry from state and federal election organization officials.
"We were very concerned that we would not be perceived as taking sides in the election, injecting ourselves into a very heated campaign", he told the panel.
With #Obamacare Americans are stuck with higher costs, more taxes, and fewer choices. Voters cast ballots in roughly 185,000 precincts spread over 9,000 jurisdictions during the 2016 presidential election.