Russia's 2016 election hacking was deeper, wider that reported, hitting 39 states

Russia's 2016 election hacking was deeper, wider that reported, hitting 39 states

More recent additions have concerned former FBI Director James Comey's congressional testimony, which Attorney General Jeff Sessions will soon follow up with his own public hearing.

Russian hacking efforts in the 2016 election were bigger than previously reported, says a new Bloomberg article.

Now comes this: 39 US states reported an IP address identified as being Russian accessed important voter data in 2016, just ahead of the presidential election, and the hacking was much more extensive than thought, Bloomberg reports. So much bigger, in fact, that one of three sources with knowledge of the US investigation claimed hackers "hit systems in a total of 39 states".

The report claims that investigators were most disturbed by failed Russian attempts to alter voter data in IL, as they believed that it was a trial run for what could have been a disruptive cyber attack on election day that would have thrown the entire process into mass chaos. One anonymous US official posited to Bloomberg that this was because Russian Federation only accessed American voting systems months before an Election Day, lacking the time needed to master a complex network that varies between thousands of local jurisdictions.

The Russian cyberattack on the US electoral system reportedly had a larger scope than was previously revealed. "No credible evidence of hacking, including attempted hacking of voting machines or vote counting, was ever presented or discovered in any state, including during recount efforts that took place after the election".

[A] contractor who works two or three days a week at the state board of elections detected unauthorized data leaving the network... It is estimated that the details of some 90,000 voters could be affected with data including names, dates of birth, genders, driving licences and partial social security numbers at risk. In two others - Florida and California - those traces were found in systems run by a private contractor managing critical election systems. Election registration databases are not linked to vote counting. It indicates that hackers tried to alter data. That suggested more than a mere spying mission and potentially a test run for a disruptive attack, according to the people familiar with the continuing USA counterintelligence inquiry.

The "red phone" wasn't literally a phone, but a secure messaging channel for " urgent messages and documents", according to Bloomberg.

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