World News – AU – Russia and Iran tried to interfere with 2020 US election


Both Russia and Iran have obtained information on US voter registration in an attempt to interfere in the 2020 presidential election, said the US national intelligence director

« We have confirmed that some voter registration information has been obtained by Iran and separately by Russia, » Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe told a press conference hastily organized wednesday evening

« This data may be used by foreign actors to attempt to communicate false information to registered voters which they hope will confuse, wreak havoc and undermine your confidence in American democracy »

Ratcliffe said Iran was responsible for emails sent to Democratic voters in several states aimed at intimidating recipients into voting for President Donald Trump

But officials familiar with the matter said the posts falsely claimed to be from neo-fascist Proud Boys and warned ‘we’ll come after you’ if recipients don’t vote Trump

Ratcliffe said the forged emails were intended to hurt Trump, although he did not explain how

Russia did not take the same steps, he said, but obtained voter information, just like Moscow did in 2016

Activities attributed to Iran mark significant escalation for a nation some cybersecurity experts see as a second-rate player in online espionage

Much of the public talk of election interference has centered on Russia, which hacked Democratic emails in the 2016 election, and China

The announcement, which comes just two weeks before the election, underscored concern within the U.S. government over efforts by foreign countries to spread false information designed to suppress voter turnout and undermine American confidence in the vote

« These actions are desperate attempts by desperate adversaries, » said Ratcliffe, who, along with FBI Director Chris Wray, insisted the United States would impose costs on all countries foreigners who would interfere in the 2020 US election and that the integrity of the election was still sound

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Global news – AU – Russia and Iran have attempted to interfere with the 2020 US election



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