Russians hacked into some states' voter rolls, U.S. confirms

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"We saw a targeting of 21 states and an exceptionally small number of them were actually successfully penetrated", Jeanette Manfra, the Department of Homeland Security's head of cybersecurity, told NBC News in a report published on Wednesday. There was no evidence that any registration rolls were compromised.

The document also stipulated that the report served to "inform United States foreign visitor screening, immigrant vetting and on-going evaluations of United States-based individuals who might have a higher risk of becoming radicalized and conducting a violent attack".

The fact that Russian hackers had penetrated four states was first reported back in September 2016, as seen below in a story from ABC News.

Russian targeting of voter registration databases became known in the months leading up to the election, when the Federal Bureau of Investigation warned state governments that hackers had infiltrated the Illinois State Board of Elections and attempted to do the same in Arizona.

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The attempted intrusions were aimed at targeted online systems including registration databases, not the voting itself or tabulation machines used on Election Day.

"W$3 e have no idea why the Homeland Security Department didn't notify these states before today, since they've known at least since June which states were attacked", she said.

That conclusion was based on risk factors such as being young, male, and having come to the USA from "the Middle East, South Asia or Africa".

"I think it's important we just continue to say to Russia, 'Look, you think we don't see what you're doing".

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News said Wednesday that it had contacted the 21 states that were targeted. "If you don't, you're going to just continue to invite consequences for yourself, '" Tillerson told Fox News.

Tillerson also said he believed Russian Federation was already attempting to tamper in the 2018 midterm elections.

Special counsel Robert Mueller, meanwhile, is looking into possible collusion between Trump's campaign and the Russians.

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