Russia's 'comprehensive' electoral intervention has been found in the Senate intelligence report

Russia's 'comprehensive' electoral intervention has been found in the Senate intelligence report

The bipartisan report has found that the United States electoral infrastructure was not prepared for attacks and offered a proposal to reduce the system before 2020.

Washington - The Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday published a bipartisan report on Russian electoral intervention that received the US. The electoral infrastructure was not ready to face Russia's "massive activity" which began in 2014 and continued at least 2017

Former Special Advisor Robert Muller had filed the report a day after the US warned. The legislators who will try to intervene in the 2020 campaign and "many more countries" are also developing similar capacities.

"In 2016, the United States was not prepared at all levels of government for a concrete attack against a particular foreign enemy in our electoral infrastructure." Chairman of Senate Intelligence Committee R-NC Richard Burr said in a statement.

The 61-page report on the basis of interviews with state election officials, officials of the Obama Administration and intelligence and government community officials, is the first part of the committee's investigation. Includes eight pages of recommendations

The report found that the Russians took advantage of the decentralized voting system of the nation, "exploited the speed" between federal supervision and state election systems. He also discovered that Cybercity was "very bad" in 2016 and warned of possible security breaches from the federal efforts "did not provide enough information or addressed the right people."

According to the report, old voting machines without paper trail are weaker.

For example, in a state, which was not named, but was identified as "State 7", the password machine was as simple as "ABC 123" and people who tested the machine easily switch between machines in supervisor mode Could and could manipulate votes. "To call results in question."

It has been said in the report that communication between the Department of Homeland Security in the states in 2016 was not inadequate and inadequate. Twenty-one states said they had discovered possible media intervention or intelligence committee to hear the matter in 2017.

But the committee did not find any evidence that voting machines were manipulated.

It has also been said in the report that significant investment, including a $ 380 million grant to strengthen the cybersecurity and change the voting machines, helped secure the electoral system, but also said that its Need more.

The report gives testimony to Muller in front of the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday, in which he said that Russian intervention was important in the elections and that Russia is actively working to weaken the 2020 elections.

"There is still a lot more and we can protect our choices," said Sen. Mark Warner, D-V., Chief Communications Officer of the Committee. "I hope the bipartisan conclusions and recommendations described in this report underscore the White House and all our colleagues regardless of the political party that this threat is immediate and that our responsibility against our democracy is to protect it."

The committee recommends that the voting machines, states including a paper trail. Voting machine recommends audit and security audit.

It also shows that electoral cybersecurity should be a high national priority and the United States should communicate with other world leaders that the United States elections will be seen as a hostile task.

While the United States elections were expelled from Russia for mediation in the past, President Donald Trump was denied the Russian intervention. In a bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in June, a reporter asked Trump to ask if Putin would not want to interfere in the elections. Trump said: "Yes, of course, before I address Putin, I will say," You do not pay attention to the election, the president. You do not pay attention in the election. "

He said that Russia took advantage of decentralized elections in the United States, the report said that the state is organizing major elections. Senator Ron Weiden, D-Aure Wrote that they did not support the recommendation. It also supports national standards for voting machines, which does not support the report.

While the report was bipartisan, any federal law could quickly become a supporter to shore electoral protection. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer tried to present a bill on election security in Senate on Thursday, but efforts by Republicans were blocked.

Later versions of the Estate Commitment will include the role of the evaluation of intelligence on the Russian intervention, the reaction of the Obama administration and the role of social media disinfection campaigns.