US official: Russia 'hacked' 21 US states in election
21 Jun 2017, 22:58 ( 21 Jun, 2017) | updated: 21 Jun 2017, 23:13 ( 21 Jun, 2017)
US intelligence agencies believe Moscow interfered to help Donald Trump win. Senator Mark Warner, a top Democrat on the panel, argued Ms Manfra, the department's acting deputy undersecretary of cyber security, testified on Wednesday before the Senate Intelligence committee, which is investigating Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 election."As of right now, we have evidence that election-related systems in 21 states were targeted," she told the panel. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Tuesday refused to say whether Mr Trump believes Russia interfered in the 2016 election."I have not sat down and talked to him about that specific thing," Mr Spicer said during a daily news briefing."Obviously we've been dealing with a lot of other issues today. I'd be glad to touch base."
On Wednesday the country was "not any safer" in concealing which states were hit in the hack.Both Arizona and Illinois last year confirmed that their voter registration systems had been attacked by hackers. Republican Senator Marco Rubio also expressed concern, adding that as the investigation continues "it is important Americans understand how our voting systems work and communicate that in real time".