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U.S. Says Iran And Russia Have Obtained Voter Information

October 22, 2020

U.S. Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe.
U.S. Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe.

Iran and Russia have both obtained American voters’ information and are attempting to influence public opinion ahead of the November 3 election, U.S. national security officials said.

“We have confirmed that some voter registration information has been obtained by Iran, and separately, by Russia,” U.S. Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe announced at a news conference on October 21.

Ratcliffe and FBI Director Chris Wray said at the press conference that the United States will inflict costs on any foreign countries meddling in the U.S. election. Despite the Iranian and Russian actions, they said Americans can be confident in the U.S. election process.

Ratcliffe said Iran has been sending spoofed emails designed to intimidate voters, create social unrest, and damage President Donald Trump.

He said Iran was responsible for intimidating emails sent to Democratic voters in at least four battleground states including Florida and Pennsylvania.

The threatening emails, falsely purporting to be from the far-right group Proud Boys, warned voters “we will come after you” if the recipients didn’t vote for Trump, a Republican.

The voter-intimidation operation apparently used email addresses obtained from state voter registration lists, which include party affiliation and home addresses and can include email addresses and phone numbers.

It wasn’t clear if the information was hacked or obtained another way, such as through criminal networks on the dark web. Some voter information is publicly available.

Media agencies

Published by Naresh Sagar

Mentor MSME, Motivator, Media Event Org, Management fiscal & Water management.Social Media branding,Internet broadcasters,Propunder of Indian Philosophy

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