Russian hackers have targeted an array of U.S. computer systems, including aviation and local government networks where intrusions were detected on some systems containing election-related material, federal officials said Thursday.
While officials acknowledged that the activity posed “some risk to elections information housed on (state and local government) networks,” there is “no evidence to date that the integrity of election data has been compromised,” according to an alert issued by the FBI and Department of Homeland Security.
Christopher Krebs, director of DHS’ Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, described the activity Thursday has a “broad scanning” effort by the Russians that had not interfered with actual voting.
The bulletin comes a day after U.S. intelligence officials warned that Iran and Russia had obtained U.S. voter registration information in an effort to undermine confidence in the upcoming election.
U.S. officials blamed Iranian hackers for threatening emails claiming to be linked to the far-right, authoritarian group Proud Boys that were sent to voters in Florida, Pennsylvania and other states.
The emails threatened to “come after” voters who didn’t vote for President Donald Trump. Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said the activity was aimed at sowing chaos and confusion in advance of the contentious election.
Officials said the recent Russia activity was traced to at least September and had continued through this month.
So far, FBI and DHS officials said there was no information to support that hackers had “intentionally disrupted” aviation, education, elections or government operations.
“However, the actor may be seeking access to obtain future disruption options, to influence U.S. policies and actions, or to delegitimize (state and local government) entities,” the bulletin warned…….Read More>>