>> It is the intelligence community's conclusion->> Top US officials on Wednesday publicly revealing for the first time the broad scope of Russia's audacious cyberattacks in the 2016 elections. Homeland Security Cyber Chief Jeanette Manfra telling the Senate Intelligence Committee Russian government hackers targeted no fewer than 21 states as they sought to tip the election to Donald Trump.
>> All of the system owners within those states are aware of the targeting.>> Manfra refusing to identify the states attacked. But two states, Illinois and Arizona, had previously confirmed they were targeted.>> How many states did the Russian actually exfiltrate data such as voter registration lists?>> Prefer not to go into those details in this forum, sir.
I can tell you that we are tracking 21 states that were targets->> Do the states who had their data exfiltrated by the Russians, are they aware of that?>> Yes, sir.>> With the Russia probe heating up on multiple fronts, former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson telling the House Intelligence Committee Russia's extensive meddling did not appear to have altered the vote count in any state.
>> I know of no evidence that votes were altered.>> But Johnson saying his deep concern had led him to personally meet with the head of the Associated Press before the election regarding its safeguards as one of the nation's primary sources for vote counting on election night.>> So I was beating this drum constantly.
All state election officials, local election officials should undertake an effort to harden their cyber security, minimize the exposure of the process to the Internet. This is not just an academic exercise, it's a very real threat.>> The revelations about the extent of Russia's intrusion coming a day after White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters he had not discussed with President Trump whether he now accepts Russia interfered in the 2016 election.
The intelligence community has concluded Russian hackers attacked both the Democratic Party servers and the email accounts of prominent party figures. Trump has repeatedly aired doubts about Moscow's involvement.>> We know the Russian government is doing this.