DHS secretary: 'Very hard' for hackers to alter election results
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Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson on Sunday downplayed the possibility of a foreign power influencing the results of the presidential election, saying it would be "very hard" to do. 


"It would be very hard to actually alter a ballot count, because our election process is so decentralized — there’s some 9,000 jurisdictions, state and local, that are involved in the election process," Johnson said on ABC's "This Week." 

He added that he is concerned about the potential for someone to penetrate the elections system "to the extent they are online." 

"So we’re actively out there now telling state and local officials what Department of Homeland Security can do to help them better secure their cybersecurity," he said. 

"We’re concerned about the potential for someone to try to penetrate our elections systems to the extent they are online, on the internet," he said.