U.S. states targeted by Russian hackers during 2016 election

U.S. states targeted by Russian hackers during 2016 election

The president highlighted testimony from Obama's Homeland Security Advisor Jeh Johnson as the latest sign that there was no evidence that he colluded with Russian Federation during the election. Intelligence agencies have concluded hackers stole information from the phishing operation and provided it to WikiLeaks seeking to impact the USA presidential election.

Russian hackers targeted 21 USA states' election systems in the 2016 presidential race, a U.S. official told Congress on Wednesday, but a former official testified that a video of Donald Trump bragging of sexual conquests distracted attention from Washington's warnings.

Spicer was asked whether Trump stands by the USA intelligence community's conclusion that Russian Federation tampered with the 2016 election and said only that he hadn't "sat down and asked [Trump] about his specific reaction".

U.S. President Donald Trump is questioning why his predecessor, former President Barack Obama, and his administration didn't block Russian Federation from meddling in last year's presidential election.

"By the way, if Russian Federation was working so hard on the 2016 Election, it all took place during Obama Admin". "Why didn't they stop them?" the president tweeted, shortly following with "...

Oklahoma election officials met with the Department of Homeland Security past year to go over an array of cybersecurity options, Dean said.

Trump on Thursday appeared to dismiss the DNC hack as "all a big Dem HOAX!" in a tweet posted early in the morning. Department of Homeland Security officials told Senators on Wednesday that 21 states were targets of Russian hacking attempts in the 2016 election.

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Johnson also said he was not happy that he learned well after the fact that the DNC's computer systems had been hacked.

United States intelligence agencies have concluded that the Kremlin orchestrated a wide-ranging influence operation that included email hacking and online propaganda to discredit Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and help Trump, a Republican, win the White House in November.

In a contentious exchange on Tuesday, Spicer was unable to say whether Trump stood by those comments.

Former homeland security secretary Jeh Johnson.

Testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee, the officials said none of the digital intrusions affected the parts of electoral systems that counted votes _ but that they expect Russian Federation to keep trying.

Connie Lawson, Indiana secretary of state and president-elect of the National Association of Secretaries of State, said there were three conference calls led by Johnson with top state election officials about attempts to compromise state elections systems. "But, I have no doubt that it will continue", he said. "In retrospect, it would be easy for me to say that I should have bought a sleeping bag and camped out in front of the DNC in late summer".

He also said he wasn't aware that the FBI had opened a counterintelligence investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.

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