Voter registration data was one of the targets of Russian hacking efforts in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election—which DHS and FBI analysts now say went after systems in every state.

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As reported from the intelligence newsletter OODA Loop, the JIB stated that, while the FBI and DHS”formerly detected suspicious or malicious cyber action against government networks in 21 countries that we assessed was a Russian campaign seeking vulnerabilities and accessibility to election infrastructure,” new information obtained by the bureaus”suggests that Russian authorities cyber actors participated in study on–as well as direct visits –election websites and networks in the vast majority of all US states.” While not providing specific details, the bulletin continued,”The FBI and DHS assess that Russian government cyber actors likely ran research and reconnaissance against US states’ election networks leading to the 2016 Presidential elections.”

Expand / Voter registration data was among the targets of Russian hacking efforts in the run-up to the 2016 presidential elections –that DHS and FBI analysts now say went following systems in each state. (credit: Getty Images)

A combined intelligence bulletin (JIB) has been issued by the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigation to state and local authorities regarding Russian hacking activities throughout the 2016 presidential election. While the bulletin contains no info that is technical, it’s the very first report to affirm that the reconnaissance and efforts ahead of the election went well past the 21 nations confirmed in reports.