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Homeland Security responds to NBC news coverage of Russian election hacking



This news story was published on February 12, 2018.
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WASHINGTON – NBC News recently reported that a top U.S. official told them that Russians penetrated U.S. voter systems, and now the U.S. Department of Homeland Security says NBC “has misrepresented facts and confused the public” with its reporting.

Today, Jeanette Manfra, National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) Assistant Secretary for the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, released the following statement regarding the recent NBC news coverage on the Department of Homeland Security’s efforts to combat election hacking.

“Recent NBC reporting has misrepresented facts and confused the public with regard to Department of Homeland Security and state and local government efforts to combat election hacking. First off, let me be clear: we have no evidence – old or new – that any votes in the 2016 elections were manipulated by Russian hackers. NBC News continues to falsely report my recent comments on attempted election hacking – which clearly mirror my testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee last summer – as some kind of “breaking news,” incorrectly claiming a shift in the administration’s position on cyber threats. As I said eight months ago, a number of states were the target of Russian government cyber actors seeking vulnerabilities and access to U.S. election infrastructure. In the majority of cases, only preparatory activity like scanning was observed, while in a small number of cases, actors were able to access the system but we have no evidence votes were changed or otherwise impacted.

Jeanette Manfra

“NBC’s irresponsible reporting, which is being roundly criticized elsewhere in the media and by security experts alike, undermines the ability of the Department of Homeland Security, our partners at the Election Assistance Commission, and state and local officials across the nation to do our incredibly important jobs. While we’ll continue our part to educate NBC and others on the threat, more importantly, the Department of Homeland Security and our state and local partners will continue our mission to secure the nation’s election systems.

“To our state and local partners in the election community: there’s no question we’re making real and meaningful progress together. States will do their part in how they responsibly manage and implement secure voting processes. For our part, we’re going to continue to support with risk and vulnerability assessments, offer cyber hygiene scans, provide real-time threat intel feeds, issue security clearances to state officials, partner on incident response planning, and deliver cybersecurity training. The list goes on of how we’re leaning forward and helping our partners in the election community. We will not stop, and will stand by our partners to protect our nation’s election infrastructure and ensure that all Americans can have confidence in our democratic elections.”

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10 Responses to Homeland Security responds to NBC news coverage of Russian election hacking

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 13, 2018 at 9:39 am

    Everyone in America knows the democat party is nothing but lies and thievery except its pos members who are liars and thieves.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 13, 2018 at 4:03 pm

      All true, except that’s the republicrooks.

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 13, 2018 at 8:50 am

    The democrat party ( that’s a cruel joke to use that name when your intent is to destroy America.

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 13, 2018 at 8:48 am

    If you don’t watch FOX news your brainwashed by the other democrap owned newsworks – be a a good little sheeple in your own little world.

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 12, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    More FAKE news by NBC. Just like CNN. They should lose their license for lying to the public.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 13, 2018 at 8:06 am

      If lying to the public is a big concern of yours, then you ought to complain on a daily basis about the president.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 14, 2018 at 8:08 am

        He can’t hold a candle to “You can keep your insurance” Obliar

  5. John Reply Report comment

    February 12, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    NBC continues to destroy their credibility, ratings at an all time low, just like CNN…….More fake news!

  6. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 12, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    The Russians are coming. Quick circle the wagons. Get a fire going and burn those ‘hanging chads’ fast. Maybe we bribe them with a good old clam bake this time. What the russkies have one aircraft on hand. We got 50. The only way to get to the bottom of this is to talk to this women. I’ll volunteer on this one. lol