Missouri’s top election official is questioning the potential damage from Sen. Claire McCaskill’s reported targeting by Russian hackers while assuring Missourians that wanna-be election meddlers will not succeed under his watch.
“In a sense, this is a whole lot of nothing,” Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft said Monday.
The Daily Beast, a U.S. news website, reported last week that McCaskill, D-Missouri, was targeted by the same Russian hacking group that successfully obtained emails from the Democratic National Committee and promoted lies on social media in 2016.
Hackers fabricated an email sign-on page purportedly for a staffer with an official McCaskill Senate email address, according to the Daily Beast. This type of trickery is similar to the hacking that duped John Podesta, campaign chairman for Hillary Clinton, in 2016.
“I bet there have been countless attempts in the last year,” said Ashcroft, a Republican. “It’s important that we defend against it, but it’s happening all the time…”
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