Head Of U.S. Cyber security Confirms Russia Penetrated U.S. Voter Systems

Jeanette Manfra, the head of cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security in an exclusive interview with NBC confirms that Russia targeted 21 U.S. States during the 2016 Presidential elections, and a small number of them were successfully confirmed to be hacked.

Also, speaking on the Russia intrusion is Jeh Johnson, who was DHS secretary at the time of the Russia hacking. Johnson said; "2016 was a wake-up call and now it's incumbent upon states and the Feds to do something about it before our democracy is attacked again. We were able to determine that the scanning and probing of voter registration databases was coming from the Russian government."


After leaving his post in January 2017, Johnson declared that just like the power grid that can be attacked, the nation's electoral system is also a "critical infrastructure", and protecting the nation's electoral system work of the DHS.

When some of the 21 states were contacted, five states, including Texas and California have responded that they were not attacked.

The states also said that the Fegderal government did not provide threat details, and only said they are classified, but Manfra said that the clearances are now being processed.