A highly secret document leaked from the NSA records reveals a possible attempt to alter American election results by Russian hackers.
The NSA is once again at the center of a scandal, as it revealed that the secret service was aware of the successful attempt by Russian agents to violate one of the US voting system providers just weeks before the presidential election of 2016.
According to The Intercept, the information comes from a classified, highly secret, NSA report by the US National Security Service. The report comes just as Real Leigh Winner, a NNSA employee of 25, is accused of intercepting classified documents by a state agency and anonymous sending them to a news agency. If these two events are combined, it is quite clear that Winner is probably about the new NSA whistleblower after Edward Snowden.
It has already been reported that hackers of the Fancy Bear team, allegedly state-sponsored by Russia, have violated e-mail accounts of senior Democratic Party officials and candidates during the US presidential election, leaking confidential information online. This eventually led to numerous revelations that hit the image of Democrat Hillary Clinton and helped elect Donald Trump.
To date, everything has shown that the US vote counting system was not affected by hacking attempts by the Russians. However, Intercept's report shows that the Russian secret service GRU managed to hurt at least one vendor of electronic voting systems in the US and sent phishing emails to more than one hundred local election officials before the vote.
The document published by Intercept dates back to 5 May 2017, and appears to be a detailed government report on the attempt by Russians to vote last year.
While this document does not mention the company that may have been violated, there are indications that it could be VR Systems, a provider of electronic voting equipment and services in eight different US states.
Although it is unclear how successful the Russian hacking attempts were, and whether it had a direct influence on Trump's victory or not, these figures are enough to create a lot of doubts about the entire voting process.