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Politics Trump targeted by Tehran as Russians and Iranians meddle in 2020 election, intel officials say

03:45  22 october  2020
03:45  22 october  2020 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

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Trump also reportedly failed to warn Putin not to meddle in the 2020 elections . Senator Ron Wyden, Democrat of Oregon, who also serves on The Mueller report cited 140 such contacts between Trump associates and Russians . But McConnell’s track record in handling other election security measures

Top US cybersecurity officials acknowledged that Microsoft detected attempts to compromise email The report said the Russian group had targeted more than 200 organizations, many, Microsoft said , "are Microsoft did not specify the number of organizations targeted by Chinese and Iranian groups.

Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe and FBI Director Christopher Wray held a surprise press conference on Wednesday evening, warning that Russia and Iran gained access to U.S. voter registration information.

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Thirteen days before Election Day, President Trump's spy chief also said that the Iranians were using that data to send spoofed emails to harm the commander in chief.

“We would like to alert the public that we have identified that two foreign actors — Iran and Russia — have taken specific actions to influence public opinion relating to our elections,” Ratcliffe announced. “First, we have confirmed that some voter registration information has been obtained by Iran and separately by Russia. This data can be used by foreign actors to communicate false information to registered voters that they hope will cause confusion, sow chaos, and undermine your confidence in American democracy.”

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Russia is already interfering in the 2020 campaign to help President Donald Trump toward reelection, according to a private In 2016, Russian election meddling efforts ranged from Facebook troll accounts — operated by the notorious Internet Research Agency — to a sophisticated and targeted

Though Ratcliffe mentioned Russia alongside Iran , he said the US intelligence has not seen any actions, only access to some voter information “just The alleged fake email campaign is not the first time US intelligence has asserted Iranian ‘ election meddling ’ efforts. In a statement issued in August

Ratcliffe, who has overseen the nation’s 17 spy agencies since May, said Tehran was making specific use of the U.S. voter data to harm Trump, but that the U.S. intelligence community has not yet seen similar deployment of the voter information by the Kremlin.

“We have already seen Iran sending spoofed emails designed to intimidate voters, incite social unrest, and damage President Trump … Additionally, Iran is distributing other content to include a video that implies that individuals could cast fraudulent ballots, even from overseas. This video and other claims about allegedly fraudulent ballots are not true. These actions are desperate attempts by desperate adversaries,” Ratcliffe said, adding, “Although we have not seen the same actions from Russia, we are aware that they have obtained some voter information, just as they did in 2016. Rest assured that we are prepared for the possibility of actions by those hostile to democracy.”

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Keep up with Election 2020 . “Any figures that radicalize politics and do harm to center views and Though intelligence officials have disputed that the officer who delivered the main briefing said Not surprisingly, the Kremlin says this is all an American fantasy, aimed at demonizing Russia for the

The briefers said Russia does favor Trump , but that helping Trump wasn't the only thing they were trying to do as it was also designed to raise questions about The prospect of interference in 2020 will further test US defenses against foreign meddling , which Trump has repeatedly downplayed as he

Bill Evanina, who leads the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, released an intelligence assessment in early August warning that Russia is “using a range of measures to primarily denigrate” former Vice President Joe Biden, including that Derkach "is spreading claims about corruption — including through publicizing leaked phone calls — to undermine" Biden. The same statement also said China “prefers” that Trump not win reelection and is "expanding its influence efforts ahead of November 2020.” The counterintelligence official also said Iran “seeks to undermine" Trump's presidency.

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