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>> US state election officials meeting on Monday in Washington, part of a three day conference on voting, and Russia is at the top of the agenda. What's normally a quiet bi-annual gathering on election administration, was dominated by talks devoted to fending off cyber attacks from Moscow.>> Conspiracy.
>> Following Friday's indictment of more than a dozen Russian nationals accused of meddling in 2016's presidential election. Federal authorities of the conference expressed genuine concern about how Russia, or others, may attempt to interfere in the upcoming midterm elections, pleading with some states to take the threat more seriously.
One Department of Homeland Security official speaking on a panel said, that while there remains no evidence any voting machines were affected, the Russians got close enough, and we anticipate it could be different, or worse, the next time around. Last week, three of the nation's top intelligence officials confirmed that Russian meddling in the 2018 midterms has already begun, part of what they say, is an escalating cyber assault.
The Trump administration has yet to impose new sanctions passed by Congress last year in response to Russia's attack on American political system.>> Sanctions. But in January, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said, they're coming.>> We are actively working on those sanctions.