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US Ex-Security Chief Concerned By Efforts To Breach Election System

22 Juin 2017

Instead, he encouraged states to get cybersecurity help from Homeland Security to protect the integrity of the election.

Today (Wednesday), a senior-level USA cyber defense official stated that Russian hackers attacked communication systems related to 21 states in the U.S. election.

Jeanette Mafra, acting director of DHS' national protection and programs directorate, told senators that DHS must "build trust" with the state and local agencies it supports and that releasing names or details about them would ruin that by embarrassing them.

Russian Federation has repeatedly denied responsibility for any cyber attacks during the USA presidential election.

At a House hearing, former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson testified that Russian interference in USA elections did not extend to manipulating vote counts, as far as he knows.

Asked why the Obama administration did not do more to warn the public about the hacking, Mr Johnson said, "We were very concerned that we would not be perceived as taking sides in the election, injecting ourselves into a very heated campaign".

Following the attack, the DNC turned to a private cybersecurity firm, CrowdStrike, to mitigate the damage from the hack - not the DHS, which is responsible for safeguarding US systems from cyberattacks.

"Lawson, who is also the IN secretary of state, said that "IN spite of comments by DHS that they are rushing to establish their elections subsector [team], no Secretary of State is now authorized to receive classified threat information from our intelligence agencies".

In March, Homeland Security's new leadership under Trump announced it meant to keep the critical infrastructure designation in place.

Election management in the United States is profoundly decentralised, with vote counting overseen by officials appointed or elected by county.

"That is correct", the DHS acting deputy undersecretary responded. "I think the larger issue is it did not get the public attention that it should have because the same day the press was focused on the release of the Access Hollywood video", he said, referring to the video which shows Trump boasting about kissing women and groping their genitals without their consent. Johnson said initial reaction from state officials to the designation "ranged from neutral to negative". Election officials were given a list of more than 800 "cyberthreat indicators" or digital signs that someone involved in the attacks was trying to infiltrate their computers, said Geoffrey Hale with the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Cybersecurity and Communications. "More specifically, nearly every state contacted DHS about its services, and 33 states and 36 cities and counties used DHS tools to scan for potential vulnerabilities and/or sought mitigation advice from us".

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CT was among those 33 states, Gallahue said.

Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia says DHS and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have confirmed intrusions into voter registration databases in Arizona and IL.

Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says cyberattacks orchestrated by the Russian government did not alter any ballots, ballot counts or the reporting of election results.

Johnson, who served as the Homeland Security chief from December 2013 to January 2017 under President Barack Obama, reiterated that conclusion on Wednesday.

According to Liles, the US election system is likely to detect any attempt to change votes and said the intelligence community has a "very high level of confidence" in that conclusion.

Officials say they do extract the technical data related to the attacks and shares the information broadly.

He demurred on the final number of USA states whose voting systems were scanned or probed by the Russian government, saying that he had not had access to intelligence since he left government. He said the response he received was that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had spoken to the committee but "they don't want our help".

The Connecticut electoral system uses paper ballots and optical scanners and tabulators.

In Connecticut, residents can register to vote online.

In Illinois, the Russians appeared to be rummaging for sensitive information on voters.

US Ex-Security Chief Concerned By Efforts To Breach Election System