And we’re still doing nothing about it.
On Wednesday, NBC News reported,
“The U.S. official in charge of protecting American elections from hacking says the Russians successfully penetrated the voter registration rolls of several U.S. states prior to the 2016 presidential election.”
Jeanette Manfra is the head of cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security. And she told NBC that, while she couldn’t talk about classified information, she could say that in 2016, “We saw a targeting of 21 states and an exceptionally small number of them were actually successfully penetrated.”
Jeh Johnson was the DHS secretary at the time of the Russia attack. And he says, “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,” Johnson said.
While officials are extremely concerned about Russia penetrating voter systems, they say that, so far, they haven’t found evidence that there were any changes made to the registration rolls.
It seems that with each passing week we are learning more and more about what Russia actually did. Trump and the Republicans love to say that Russia’s interference in our election had no effect on the actual vote. But we don’t know that.
What we do know is that Russia’s attack was successful. And they will surely do it again. So when are we going to actually do something about it?