Russian hackers have made into American computer networks in the last few days, allowing them access to voice systems. US intelligence services believe that Russia poses a greater threat than Iran in the upcoming presidential elections.
John Ratcliffe, chief of American intelligence, said on Thursday that Iran and Russia have electoral data in their hands. This will enable the countries to try to influence the presidential elections. But intelligence officials call it strange that Ratcliffe’s focus during his speech was on Iran. According to them, Russia is a greater threat.
At this point, there’s no evidence that Russians have changed anything in the voting systems, sources say. But the American authorities expect that if no president is elected on Election Night, Russians can intervene. They could take websites offline or bring out information that would question the integrity of voting results.
This could lead to more publicity being given to statements made by US president Donald Trump. He said that the voting of the elections were “manipulated” and that he can only be defeated if his opponents cheat.
Ratcliffe promised on Thursday that the presidential election would not be in danger. That includes FBI Director Christopher Wray.
“We will not tolerate foreign interference in our elections and criminal activities that jeopardise the integrity of your vote or undermine confidence in the election result.”