A top official at the Department of Homeland Security said Wednesday that U.S. intelligence officials have seen no evidence of Russia trying to interfere in the 2018 midterms that “rises to the level of 2016.”
However, the U.S. intelligence community continues to see Russian attempts to use social media and other avenues to identify divisive issues and sow discord among the American public, Christopher Krebs, who leads Homeland Security’s cyber unit, said during congressional testimony.
“We are not seeing … anything that rises to the level of 2016–directed, focused, robust campaign,” Krebs told the House Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday. But, he added, “the intelligence community continues to see Russian activity in the sowing discord across the American public.”
According to U.S. officials, Russia waged a multifaceted campaign to interfere in the 2016 election that included efforts to target or hack into digital state election systems; successful breaches targeting top Democratic officials; and the spread of disinformation.