(From The Hill)
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirtsjen Nielsen said Saturday that her agency has not seen levels of Russian interference targeting U.S. midterm elections close to the levels reported during the 2016 presidential election.
Time reported that Nielsen made the remarks at a convention of state secretaries of state in Philadelphia, which usually focuses on voter registration and election security issues.
Nielsen added that some level of Russian interference is still present and urged state officials to remain vigilant as some officials have noticed “persistent Russian efforts using social media, sympathetic spokespeople and other fronts to sow discord and divisiveness amongst the American people, though not necessarily focused on specific politicians or political campaigns,” according to Time.
Nielsen’s remarks Saturday followed similar comments from Christopher Krebs, the agency’s top cybersecurity official, who said this week that his office has not noticed “anything that rises to the level of 2016–directed, focused, robust campaign.”
“[We have] not seen anything, certainly, to the degree of 2016 in terms of specific hacking of election systems,” Krebs said.