New evidence reveals that the 2016 Russian hacks into voter databases and software systems go much further than initially made public. What started in Illinois with cyber attempts to delete and alter data is now believed to have extended into 39 states. Additionally, attacks were aimed at software for poll workers and even made it so far as to breach one state’s campaign finance records. These new details about the hacks that occurred over the summer and autumn of 2016 come from three sources with direct knowledge of the investigation.
Concerned with the coordination and skill of the attack, officials within the Obama administration contacted Moscow directly in October. According to two of the sources, the White House contacted the Kremlin through a back channel to explain the evidence pointing to Russia’s position in the attack and how the election meddling could lead to a wider dispute.
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