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Politics Russia hacked systems containing election info in 2 states: Gov't officials

06:05  24 october  2020
06:05  24 october  2020 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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Russian state -sponsored hackers have targeted state and local governments and in at least two instances have successfully stolen data, US national security officials said Thursday, one day after the top US intelligence officials said Russia and Iran obtained voter registration information .

Russia ’s efforts to hack the 2016 presidential election were much more widespread than originally The extent of the cyber intrusion was so widespread that Obama administration officials used the Russia hacked into the voting systems of 39 states . The hack into Illinois’s election system is the

Russian state actors have conducted a campaign since at least September against a wide variety of targets, including dozens of "government and aviation networks," ABC News has learned. Russia successfully compromised network infrastructure in some government agencies, according to government officials.

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U.S. officials told ABC News that systems containing election-related information from two counties in two separate states were successfully hacked by the Russian effort. A new Homeland Security Alert states, "As this recent malicious activity has been directed at [state, local, territorial and tribal (SLTT)] government networks, there may be some risk to elections information housed on (those) government networks."

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The Senate Intelligence Committee concluded Thursday that election systems in all 50 states were targeted by Russia in 2016, largely undetected by the states and federal officials Remember when we were all told that it was only a couple of precincts, then a couple of cities, then a couple of states ?

Everything We Know About Russia 's Election - Hacking Playbook. For Geers and his fellow digital Kremlinologists, the VR Systems attack represents only the latest in a progression of either Russian state media, apparently coordinating with CyberBerkut, broadcast the fake results regardless.

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While the FBI and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency have seen no evidence that data has been altered, FBI and Homeland Security officials expressed concern that Russia "may be seeking access to obtain future disruption options, to influence U.S. policies and actions, or to delegitimize SLTT government entities."

Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe announced Wednesday that Russia and Iran had "taken specific actions to influence public opinion relating to our elections," and that voter registration information had been obtained by both countries. Ratcliffe made the announcement during an unusual evening announcement at FBI headquarters, alongside FBI Director Christopher Wray, Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers and CISA Director Christopher Krebs.

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Hacking tools allegedly developed by the US National Security Agency (NSA) were dumped online by a group calling itself Shadow Brokers. It follows a string of recent leaks of data from the Democratic National Committee (DNC). There are also now suspicions that the Clinton Foundation, a charitable

The two candidates clashed over a claim that hackers tied to the Russian state were trying to This is part of a wider trend of Russian activity that Western officials have been watching with alarm for A number of US states have also reported scanning and probing of election related systems - such as

The FBI and CISA said in an alert that there is no evidence to date to suggest that the Russians have "intentionally disrupted any aviation, education, elections or government operations or that integrity of elections data has been compromised."


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Separately, sources say that Iran is also engaging in efforts to penetrate elections-related systems. According to a DHS bulletin about Iranian activities, "Actors are creating fictitious media sites and spoofing legitimate media sites to spread obtained U.S. voter-registration data, anti-American propaganda, and misinformation about voter suppression, voter fraud, and ballot fraud."

Though Ratcliffe focused on Iran's efforts to send spoofed emails designed to intimidated voters in the U.S., officials maintain that Russia remains a more potent threat, using a range of efforts to undermine confidence in the democratic process.

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In all, the Russian hackers hit systems in a total of 39 states , one of them said. Russian officials have publicly denied any role in cyber attacks connected to the U.S. elections , including a Russia responded by asking for more information and providing assurances that it would look into the matter

Hackers attacked voting systems in 39 states , accessed campaign finance databases in one state and tried to delete or alter voter data in Illinois. After the November elections , officials in the Obama administration accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of attacking the US election and imposed

The Kremlin denied it is meddling in the U.S. election following the new allegations from the DNI on Wednesday.

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"We can comment on it with regret. Such accusations pour in every day. They are absolutely unsubstantiated and groundless. Rather, it's some kind of tribute to the domestic political processes linked to the approaching elections," the Kremlin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters in his daily conference call Thursday.

Wray, during the Wednesday announcement, encouraged Americans to "seek election and voting information from reliable sources, namely your state election officials, and to be thoughtful, careful and discerning consumers of information online."

Federal and state officials remain confident that voting systems are secure.

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