BREAKING: Nearly Half of US, Including Key States, Targeted by Russian Hackers in 2016 Election
The Russians were there on election day
In a lot of ways the Russian hacking story is very similar to the Watergate break-in of 1972. Both involve a Republican President, to an extent, authorizing the use of unconstitutional methods in order to bring down the opposing Democratic candidate in a presidential election, and then attempt to cover it up once discovered.
At first, this so-called “Russiagate” was seen as an attempt by the Democrats to hide the fact that they had lost the election fair and square to Trump, but that is far from the case now. Through hard work conducted by intelligence organizations such as the Department of Homeland Security, FBI, and CIA, evidence has been discovered of Russian tampering. Alongside that, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been doing his own probe into possible collusion between the Trump Campaign and Russian officials, turning up new evidence at every turn.
Now, we have concrete proof that the Russians did in fact tamper with the election. In a new report from “WBAY-TV,” Wisconsin Election Commission administrator Michael Haas confirmed that the DHS had officially informed him that Russian hackers had attempted to get into, not only Wisconsin’s state voter registration system, but also the ones in 20 other states. That is say, 21 states in total were the target of a massive Russian cyber campaign to dislodge American voters; nearly half the country. Haas had this to say on the matter:
“This scanning had no impact on Wisconsin’s systems or the election. Internet security provided by the state successfully protected our systems. Homeland Security specifically confirmed there was no breach or compromise of our data.”
While Haas has remained convinced that this did not actually change the outcome of the election, it is worth pointing out that in many key states like Wisconsin, the voter difference between Trump and Hillary Clinton was in the ten thousands, meaning even a simple number change could have had drastic effects.
This news piece joins a long line of other breaking stories about the 2016 presidential election that reveal that, for possibly the first time, a United States federal election was actively influenced by foreign nation with ill intent. Recently, for example, it was disclosed that the social media company Facebook had sold $100,000 worth of ads to a Russian firm, tying into something cybersecurity expert Richard A. Clarke said about the Russians successfully spreading fake news amongst the populace in order to alter their views on the general election.
We look forward to more scoops on this topic as they can only spell more trouble for the Trump Administration.
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