Russia Infiltrated Some US Voter Registration Rolls Before 2016 Election, DHS Says

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Of those, a "small number" were successfully penetrated, according to a Homeland Security Department official tasked with protecting elections from hacking threats.

The head of cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security revealed Wednesday that Russian Federation managed to hack into voter registration rolls of several states during the 2016 presidential election.

Manfra's revelation comes hours after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson confirmed that Russian hackers are already targeting the upcoming congressional midterm elections. In an interview with NBC News published on Thursday, Manfra explained that several of the systems were successfully hacked.

U.S officials stated that there was no evidence of registration rolls being altered.

Manfra, whose role is to protect American elections from hacking, did not specify which states had been successfully penetrated, saying she could not publicly disclose classified information.

"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. There is however no evidence that the hackers managed to actually alter the rolls in any way, she added.

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George W. Bush said that there was clear evidence that Russian Federation interfered with the 2016 election that President Donald Trump won against Democrat Hillary Clinton.

When asked whether the United States was better prepared to thwart such attacks, Tillerson replied that if Russian Federation intends to interfere, "they're going to find ways to do that".

In late January, CIA Director Mike Pompeo said he has "every expectation" that Russian Federation will try to target the midterms.

In fact, the network acknowledged in Wednesday's story that it had "reported in September 2016 that more than 20 states had been targeted by the Russians". "We do see it, and you need to stop, '" he said.

This story is developing.