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Two Homeland Security officials will testify Wednesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee to attempted hacks of the US voting system for the 2016 presidential elections — and the response of the Federal and state governments, as the Committee launches an effort to protect against the foreign interference in this year’s election.

The senators are expected to press, home Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on the Department’s efforts to secure state election systems. Testifies together with Nielsen Jeh Johnson, President Barack Obama, the head of Homeland Security, as the Russian agents targeted selection of systems in 21 States before the 2016 Federal election.

Top U.S. intelligence officials have said they have seen indications of Russian agents in the preparation of a new round of election interference in this year. Experts also said that much too little has been done to the coast, make up the weak spots in the 10,000 U.S.-tuning of the countries, which are mostly outdated and insecure technology.

The Top Committee of the legislature on Tuesday called Russia a “relentless” in your attempt, you in the 2016 US elections and warned that state election officials to strengthen security networks against future Cyber-attacks before the midterm elections in November.

Read the Senate Intelligence Committee, recommendations on the choice of the security

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman sen., Richard Burr, R-N. C., based in center, with committee Vice-Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., on the right, collects the panel to discuss members before a press conference, recommendations for the improvement of the nation’s electoral infrastructure before the 2018 midterm elections in Washington, March 20, 2018. Candidate of the left, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Sen Martin Heinrich, D-N. M., Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, and Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine

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The Committee recommends that the member States should ensure that election machines have a paper audit trail and do not have Internet skills, as the senators push for improved communication about cyber threats between the Federal, state and local levels, and the US intelligence services.

The senators also recommend that the member States consider the introduction of “is more common, statistically-based audits of election results.”

Chairman Richard Burr, R-N. C., sen., and Mark Warner, D-Va., released the recommendations in a cross-party effort.


Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman sen., Richard Burr, R-N. C., center, from left, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, Vice-President Mark Warner, D-Va., and sen James Lankford, R-Okla., Preview some of the panel’s recommendations for the improvement of the nation’s electoral infrastructure before the 2018 midterm elections, during a press conference in Washington, March 20, 2018.

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In the coming weeks, the Intelligence Committee is the publication of the first of four elections, security reports, and plans in full as part of the broad investigation in the Russian interference in the election of 2016.

Burr said the investigations by the Committee showed that the Russian cyber-effort exposed to “some of the most important gaps” in the security of the nation, the election infrastructure and it systems.

“Clearly, we have to ensure some standards that any state can confirm at the end of the day, your voice humming,” he said.

Burr also said that the Committee wants to maintain state control of elections, but the Federal government should do more to help, while Warner said he thinks that the process, in order to prevent any risk of election-must be systems more robust.

“Each of Mr. Trump’s representatives in the law enforcement and national security to explain what is a persistent threat to Russia,” Warner said Tuesday at a press conference. “It’s pretty amazing to me, we had to tell the Director of the FBI, the Director of national intelligence, and the head of the NSA in public, the testimony within the last month, you received no direction from the White house to election security a priority.”

The senators are also pushing the state and local election officials to use the resources, to identify which of the Homeland Security Department, such as comprehensive risk analyses and remote cyber scanning your networks for vulnerabilities.

Fox News’ Barnini Chakraborty and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Amy Lieu is a news editor and a reporter for Fox News.

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