No Election Day Digital Malfeasance But Protracted Vote Counting Poses New Dangers
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As the U.S. headed yesterday into what has now clearly become a highly divisive and delayed presidential election, U.S. Cyber Command and the National Security Agency sought to comfort the electorate by announcing they took actions against foreign actors, including Iran, to prevent adversarial nations from interfering in the election process. The unspecified move against Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps hackers came two weeks ago after an operation that showed Iran was posing as hard-right Proud Boys to threaten voters.
This news of an active measure against a cybersecurity foe came during one of several periodic briefings hosted by intelligence and security officials throughout election day to reassure American voters that no digital malfeasance was underway. Paul Nakasone, the head of both Cyber Command and the NSA, said that any foreign activity targeting U.S. election infrastructure was far lower than in 2018. Officials with DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security A…
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