Trump administration officials said Wednesday that Russia targeted election-related systems in 21 states in the months leading up to the 2016 presidential election.


Samuel Liles, Department of Homeland Security’s acting director of the Office of Intelligence and Analysis Cyber Division said Russian hackers appeared to be scanning for vulnerabilities in the voting systems. They successfully exploited a “small number” of networks, Liles said.


Jeanette Manfra, acting deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity and communications at the Department of Homeland Security’s National Protection and Programs Directorate, backed up Liles testimony.


“We have evidence of election-related systems in 21 states that were targeted,” said Manfra.


The administration maintains that none of the systems were involved in vote counting.


The statement came during Wednesday’s Senate Intelligence Committee hearing of DHS and FBI cybersecurity officials.


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