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Senate Report: US Election Security 'Sorely Lacking' in 2016

Senate Intelligence Committee report released today cites weaknesses, but finds no evidence of vote-tampering.

Dark Reading Staff

July 26, 2019

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A newly released US Senate Intelligence Commitee report concluded that the US election infrastructure was vulnerable and failed to stand up to Russia's election-meddling efforts during the last presidential campaign. 

According to NBC News, the Senate report - the first volume of a series of findings from its investigation - said Russia in 2016 was able to exploit "seams" between state election systems and federal government oversight processes, election databases were poorly secured, and outdated voting machines had no paper trail and were thus vulnerable to tampering.

The US election system was not properly secured or prepared for "extensive activity" by Russia, which occurred between 2014 and into 2017, the report said. Even so, the committee found no evidence of tainted votes.

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