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Ex-Homeland Security Director Says Politics Prevented Disclosure of Russian Meddling

I would raise awareness among state election officials as well as, you know, public in general, employees of state governments, raise awareness about the evils and the hazards of spear phishing.The tweet from the president comes a day after former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson testified before a Congressional committee.But election organization officials criticized the decision as an overreach that could make elections less transparent.Here are the key takeaways from the hearings. He described Russia’s attempts to influence the election as its “boldest to date” in the US.Democrats haven’t been pleased with how the Obama administration handled the Russian cyberattacks.Johnson is testifying before the House intelligence committee.Last month, Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, who was leading the agency’s Russian Federation probe.In January, Trump acknowledged that he believes Russian operatives hacked into files at the Democratic party headquarters and said Russian President Vladimir Putin “shouldn’t have done it”.”I think the primary goal (of the 2016 effort) in my mind was to sow discord, and to try to de-legitimise our free and fair election process, “FBI Counterintelligence Division Assistant Director Bill Priestap said, CNN reported”.Priestap would not name the states or say which systems lost data, saying the Federal Bureau of Investigation wants to preserve confidential relationships with state and local election officials.The officials did not name the states, nor did they say how many were actually breached. Last year, Arizona and IL confirmed that their voter registration systems had been targeted. They refused to name the states, citing the confidentiality of their cyber-security assistance.Connie Lawson, the current secretary of state for IN, says a recently leaked report purportedly from the National Security Agency suggests election-related hacking penetrated further into US voting systems than was previously known.”This left the Federal Bureau of Investigation no choice but to rely upon a third party for information”.The committee’s ranking Democrat, Sen.At a minimal cost, Russian Federation sowed chaos in our political system and undermined faith in our democratic process, he told attendees.Foreign powers attempting to influence US elections is not new.Liles said the agency had “very high” confidence in that assessment.American elections are highly decentralized.Senator Angus King, an independent from ME who caucuses with the Democrats, voiced skepticism, saying only a small number of votes in key battleground states would need to be altered to tip the scales in an election. The manipulations were detected by election officials and corrected, but the incident prompts the question of whether the Russian government was successful in altering the data of other election systems, TIME reports.Jeanette Manfra, the acting deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity and communications, said she could not do so because it was important to protect the confidentiality of those victimized.