So could the Russian government have used its hacking capabilities to directly modify the results of the 2016 election in the United States? It’s a serious possibility — serious enough that US election officials should be on their guard against it. But under current law, election officials in most states don’t perform even basic checks to make sure that the results have not been modified by malware.
The election probably wasn't hacked, but here's why Clinton may want to request a recount
Earlier this year, US intelligence agencies blamed the Russian government for leaking emails stolen from senior Democrats in an attempt to influence the US election. We also know that someone — likely the Russian government — tried to hack voting infrastructure in Ukraine to change the outcome of the election there.