A new report into the US presidential election suggests that attackers traced to Russia may have interfered with voting systems in as many as 39 states.
Bloomberg reports that incursions into voter databases and software systems were almost double the size previously revealed.
President Obama even made a direct (so-called 'red phone') call to Vladimir Putin to ask him to intervene. Obama added that he risked setting off a ‘broader conflict'. Putin, though, has denied direct involvement, but done little to dispel claims of interference from Russia at some level.
The report suggests that in Illinois, there was evidence of attempts to delete voter data, to access to software used by poll workers on the day itself and at least one finance database was breached. It is estimated that the details of some 90,000 voters could be affected with data including names, dates of birth, gender, driving licences and partial social security numbers potentially compromised.
There is also evidence of Russian sponsored hacks on Hillary Clinton.
The claims come as investigations continue into whether President Trump or his team had any knowledge of, or collusion with, the Russians.
The US voting system is done at a state and, sometimes, county level. This means that is a wide variety of systems to crack, and an equally wide variety of security applied to them.
However, some analysts speculate that the large number of systems involved is also what stopped the alleged intrusions from being worse, with the attackers required to have a technical knowledge of a wide variety of systems and databases.
In total, the US runs some 7,000 different systems to manage its many different national, state and local elections.
According to leaked US National Security Agency (NSA) documents, hackers "working for Russian Military Intelligence" were also attacking the computers of some 122 officials ahead of the race.
Some of Obama's team had wanted to make this information public at the time, but ultimately the White House declined as it could undermine the public's faith in the system, as if that horse hadn't galloped off into the sunset some time ago.
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