Hackers with ties to the Russian government successfully altered voter information stole thousands of voter records containing private information during attempts to meddle in the 2016 USA presidential election, Time reported.
Trump and his top aides have said they want to see a full and thorough review of what happened during the election, but Trump has continually raised questions about whether anything actually happened.
Huckabee Sanders said she couldn't understand what that was still a conversation topic since voting took place so long ago. "I recall very clearly that I was not pleased that we were not in there helping them patch this vulnerability".
Johnson is testifying before the House intelligence committee. He said he first raised the issue with states in a conference call in mid-August, after seeing "troubling reports" of scanning and probing activities around various state voter registration databases. Johnson said initial reaction from state officials to the designation "ranged from neutral to negative".
"The level of effort and scale required to change the outcome of a national election would make it almost impossible to avoid detection", Liles said.
Russian hackers hacked electroniс voting systems in at least 21 U.S. states during the presidential election campaign in 2016.
"The larger question that we need to address is, now that we know what happened, what are we going to do about it.to stop a foreign superpower from interfering in our democracy", Johnson said.
"In 2016 the Russian government, at the direction of Vladimir Putin himself, orchestrated cyberattacks on our nation for the goal of influencing our election - plain and simple". USA intelligence agencies determined that the party was hacked in 2015 and 2016 by the Russians.
Department of Homeland Security officials are still not willing to disclose which state election systems Russian hackers targeted during last year's presidential election.
In turn, Samuel Liles, acting Director of the Cyber Division of the Department of Homeland Security, said that he expected Russian Federation to "continue to conduct operations of influence" in the United States.
"The DNC has and will continue to cooperate with law enforcement on Russia's interference in our election", said the DNC's Watson.
Democrats on the Senate panel, however, are frustrated by DHS Secretary John Kelly's unwillingness to disclose more detail about the states that were targeted or compromised past year.
Jeanette Mafra, acting director of DHS' national protection and programs directorate, told senators that DHS must "build trust" with the state and local agencies it supports and that releasing names or details about them would ruin that by embarrassing them. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.
"I knew it wasn't true", he said, "but people thought it was".
Johnson tells the panel that USA voting systems remain vulnerable to future cyberattacks.
Alex Halderman, a computer science professor at the University of MI, described the work he and colleagues had done exploring state computer systems with a view toward helping improve their security.
None of the intrusions affected the vote totals, a number of officials said during the hearings.
"We've studied touchscreen and optical scan systems, and in every single case, we found ways for attackers to sabotage machines and steal votes", Halderman said.
He said favoring certain candidates over another has been part of Moscow's playbook since the Cold War, but on targeting state election infrastructure, he said that was new in the US.
The FBI had spoken with party officials, but DNC officials used the cyber security firm CrowdStrike instead of seeking government assistance.