US intelligence services: Russian hackers have access to voting systems

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Russian hackers have been hacking American computer networks in recent days to gain access to voting systems. US intelligence services believe Russia poses a greater threat than Iran in the upcoming presidential election. That writes The New York Times.

John Ratcliffe, chief of US intelligence, said on Thursday Iran and Russia hold voter data. With that, the countries can try to influence the presidential elections. But intelligence insiders consider it strange that Ratcliffe’s focus during his speech was on Iran. According to them, Russia is a bigger threat.

At the moment, there is no evidence that Russians have changed anything in the voting systems, sources say. But US authorities expect that if no president is elected on election night, Russians can step in. They could take websites offline or release information that could call into question the integrity of voting results.

This could lead to more publicity being given to statements made by US President Donald Trump. He said earlier that the election voting system has been “manipulated” and that he can only be defeated if his opponents are cheating.

Ratcliffe promised on Thursday that the presidential elections are not in danger. FBI director Christopher Wray also agrees. “We will not tolerate foreign interference in our elections and criminal activities that endanger the integrity of your vote or undermine confidence in the election results.”

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