WASHINGTON: U.S. officers mentioned late Friday that the Iranian hackers behind a wave of threatening emails despatched to 1000’s of Americans earlier this month efficiently accessed voter knowledge.
The assertion, issued collectively by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), partially confirms the authenticity of a video distributed as a part of a disinformation marketing campaign that briefly drew consideration when it turned public final week.
The marketing campaign – which consisted of 1000’s of threatening emails despatched to random U.S. voters within the title of a pro-Trump far proper group – featured a video wherein a hacker presupposed to show how they may trigger havoc by breaking right into a voter registration information.
Experts who examined the footage mentioned it amounted to little greater than an try and scare voters concerning the integrity of the Nov. three contest, however the query of whether or not the hackers really did break in wherever had gone unanswered till now.
CISA and the FBI confirmed Friday that “the actor efficiently obtained voter registration knowledge in not less than one state.”
The state was not recognized, though purported private particulars of Alaska voters had been briefly flashed on the video. The FBI, CISA, and the Alaska Division of Elections didn’t instantly return messages looking for remark. CISA and the FBI mentioned the Iranian hackers additionally scanned quite a lot of different states’ election websites for vulnerabilities.
Cyberscoop, which first reported https://www.cyberscoop.com/iran-election-hacking-state-websites-probe-fbi on CISA and the FBI’s findings, mentioned 10 states had been scanned altogether.
U.S. officers have been on excessive alert over the specter of potential cyber interference within the upcoming election, which pits Republican President Donald Trump in opposition to Democratic challenger Joe Biden.
Earlier on Friday, Reuters reported that Russian hackers had this yr focused the California and Indiana branches of the Democratic Party.