Iranian Hackers Involved in Threatening American Voters

  • News sources quoted the statement as saying that threatening emails had been sent in early October to the Proud Boys.
  • Microsoft says that hackers from China, Russia and Iran have tried to infiltrate Trump and Biden's campaigns
  • US Department of Homeland Security cyber security organization say Iranian hackers have tried to gain access to US voter data.

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the US Department of Homeland Security issued a joint statement on Friday evening (October 30th) accusing Iranian hackers of sending threatening emails to thousands of American voters. The emails were apparently sent to a pro-Donald Trump far-right group.

A voter drops off her ballot in North Miami, Florida, October 30, 2020

Two US security agencies say Iranian hackers have sent threatening emails to thousands of American voters.

News sources quoted the statement as saying that threatening emails had been sent in early October to the Proud Boys. The “Proud Boys” is a right-wing group that supports Donald Trump and has previously been accused of warning American citizens by sending threatening emails about voting for Trump’s rival, Joe Biden.

The FBI and a US Department of Homeland Security cyber security organization say Iranian hackers have tried to gain access to US voter data and have been successful in at least one unnamed state.

Last week, US National Security Director John Ratcliffe accused Iranian and Russian hackers of trying to gain access to information from American voters in the November 3 election. He also acknowledged that Iranian hackers had played a role in creating panic among potential voters against Trump’s rival.

Microsoft Endorses Iran’s denial

The American company Microsoft also reported some time ago that hackers from China, Russia and Iran have tried to infiltrate Trump and Biden’s campaigns and in most cases have failed. One of the aims of these attacks is to cast doubt on the integrity of the election.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh has repeatedly called the allegations “ridiculous and baseless” and has strongly denied any attempt by the country to influence the outcome of the US presidential election.

He announced last week that the Islamic Republic of Iran had summoned the Swiss ambassador to Tehran as a guardian of US interests in response to allegations by US officials that it was trying to interfere in the November 3 election.

Khatibzadeh called the US allegations “fabricated, clumsy and fraudulent” and claimed that it did not matter to the Islamic Republic who the next US president would be.

The line for early voting at a polling place wraps around a church in Edmond, Oklahoma, October 30, 2020

According to the state-run IRNA news agency, a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs denied the allegations, saying: “As we have said many times, it does not matter to Tehran who heads the White House. What is important is that Washington adheres to international rights, rules and norms, and renounces interference in other countries and fulfills its obligations.”

There are still four days until the US presidential election, but many American citizens have cast their ballots early or sent them by mail.

“We wouldn’t be surprised to see more website defacements,” CISA Director Christopher Krebs told reporters earlier Friday, calling it, “a tried-and-true tactic of the Iranians.”

As of Friday evening, more than 85 million Americans had reportedly cast their ballots. This turnout is unprecedented and the total number of voters is expected to exceed 150 million on November 3, a new record in more than a century.

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Joyce Davis

My history goes back to 2002 and I  worked as a reporter, interviewer, news editor, copy editor, managing editor, newsletter founder, almanac profiler, and news radio broadcaster.

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