The Senate report on the election in 2016 faults in the FBI, finds “extensive activities” against “the US electoral infrastructure’

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The Senate Intelligence Committee, published the first volume of his long-awaited bipartisan report to the Russian electoral interference efforts on Thursday, the new details of how the Russian government hackers “directed wide-ranging activities against the US electoral infrastructure” – and may have security vulnerabilities, you can take advantage of the upcoming elections.

The partially redacted report also criticized the FBI and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for the provision of inadequate warnings to the governments of the member States. The panel noted that warnings often went to the wrong people, or contain insufficient information, and mixed with previous General warnings the States had received.

“DHS and the FBI has alerted States to the threat of cyber-attacks in the late summer and autumn of 2016, but the warnings do not have enough information, or go to the right people,” the report stated. “Warnings were admissible because they provided malicious Internet Protocol (IP) addresses to information technology (IT) professionals, but they provided no clear reason for the States to take this threat seriously as any other warning.”

The report continues: “In his retrospective on the elections of 2016, the Committee found no evidence that the vote tallies were changed, or that the voters registry is files can be deleted or changed if the Committee and the IC’s [intelligence services] of the insight into this is limited.”


The document comes on the heels of Robert Müller is at times tired testimony on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, as the former special counsel warned that “many more countries to replicate the development of skills, the Moscow activities”.

However, the Committee said that an important purpose of the participation of Russia may have been the cause of the hysteria, and on America, the faith in democracy. In fact, the panel said Russia wanted to be discovered by their activities.

“While the Committee does not know with confidence what were Moscow’s intentions, Russia has been probing weaknesses in the coordination of the systems for later use,” the report stated. “Alternatively, Moscow might have tried to undermine confidence in the US elections of 2016, simply due to the discovery of their activities.”


The panel analysis provides comprehensive forensic documentation of the Russian electronic interference efforts. Evidence of “a scan of state election systems first appeared in the summer before the election in 2016,” the report said. In mid-July 2016, Illinois “discovered anomalous network activity, in particular an increase in the outgoing data to an Illinois Board of elections for the voter registration website,” the instigation of an FBI investigation.

Michael Daniel, a former Assistant to the President and Cybersecurity coordinator, National security Council, said the Committee in the year 2017, “how it looked most of the time, was to raise awareness.”

“I would characterize it at the time, a bit like the implementation of the enlightenment, to do that network mapping to the topology mapping, so that you could understand the network, so could you come back later and actually perform an operation,” said Daniel.

“Moscow may have sought to undermine confidence in the US elections of 2016, simply due to the discovery of their activities.”

Senate Intelligence Committee Report

In all, said the Committee, it reached in 21 States over the scan activity in their networks. A condition, which the report does not identify, other than “state 6”, reported that “cyber-actors” had examined “the state’s entire IT infrastructure, including through the Acunetix tool, but the ‘systems affected’ were the Secretary of state for the web application and the results of the elections website. If the penetration was successful, the actor could have manipulated the unofficial display of the choice is consistent. State officials believed that they would have caught any discrepancies quickly.”

The reported added that the state “was aware of the malicious activity and alert ner. DHS reported that the GRU [Russian] scanned actor, Stand 6, then unsuccessfully tried many SQL-injection attacks. Condition 6 saw the highest number of SQL-tests of a state.”


The report refers to the fact that the Congress, in the year 2018 appropriated $380 million in grant money “for the States to strengthen cybersecurity and replace them vulnerable voting machines”, and recommended that these efforts be closely monitored.

The GOP-controlled Senate killed, multiple choice-security bills, urged by the Democrats in the hours after the Miller testimony, including an account of $775 million to increase the choice of the security of the system, and a bill that would have required that campaigns report all offers of foreign assistance to the FBI.

Republicans have said the money was already reserved by a previous invoice, and that the money is not needed immediately. You also have the requirement that the FBI be involved if assistance is offered, unnecessarily, in view of the existing campaign-Finance laws and the possible unconstitutionality of the restriction on speech to foreigners.

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The report also called for the voting systems have a paper trail in case of audits are required.

“In the year 2016, the United States was not prepared for it to be said, at all levels of government for a concerted attack from a particular foreign adversary to our electoral infrastructure,” North Carolina Republican sen. Richard Burr, the Jury Chairman, in a statement. “Since then, we have learned a lot, to understand more about the nature of Russia’s cyber activities and better, the real and acute threat they pose. The Department of Homeland Security and the state and local elections officials have dramatically changed how you approach the election, the security, together to bridge gaps in the dissemination of information and the coast to the weak.”

Burr added: “It still remains a lot of work, however. I am grateful for the many States that inform points of view that have contributed to our recommendations. It is my hope that the Senate Intelligence Committee, the party will cross-report to the American people, a valuable insight into the choice of security threats can always be received even before our nation and the opportunities we care.”

Virginia sen. Mark Warner, a Democrat and the Committee’s ranking member, said: “neither the Federal government nor the States are adequately prepared” if “the Russians elections systems attacked in the year 2016.”


“Our cross-party inquiry were a number of problems and information gaps that hinder our ability to respond effectively and defend against the Russian attack in the year 2016,” Warner continued. “I hope that the party will be discussed cross-cutting findings and recommendations in this report underscore in front of the White house and to all colleagues, regardless of political party, that this danger remains urgent, and we have a responsibility for the defense of our democracy against you.”

The response to the report, the Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris said it is important for you to encourage “state and local governments to check for and replace outdated voting systems, providing States with the resources they need to modernize their election infrastructure, and the paper ballot in all Federal elections.”

“Our opponents seek to weaken our democracy and to a reduction of public confidence in the integrity of our elections,” Harris. “We must not allow them to be successful.”

Fox News’ Catherine Herridge contributed to this report.

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