Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today on cyberattacks on the U.S. election system:
“Russia is conducting cyberattacks to undermine American interests at every turn. Now it appears our democracy may be the next target. According to media reports, Russian hackers targeted Arizona’s election system leading to the shutdown of our state’s voter registration system for nine days. Russian hackers also breached Illinois’ voter registration database and stole as many as 200,000 voter records.
“Any attempt to interfere with American elections must be treated as a threat to our vital national security interests. Yet so far the only response from the Obama administration has been a warning from the Secretary of Defense. And the testimony from the Director of the National Security Agency and the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence today before the Senate Armed Services Committee only heightens my concern.
“Our nation can and must do better if we are to enable our law enforcement, intelligence, and military professionals to effectively defend, deter, and respond to our adversaries in cyberspace. I will do everything in my power to protect elections in Arizona and the integrity of American democracy.”