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FBI Warns of Disinformation Campaigns Falsely Claiming Hacked Voter Information

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued a joint public service announcement yesterday about the threat of disinformation campaigns targeting the 2020 US election. The announcement states that foreign actors and cyber criminals are spreading false and inconsistent information through several online platforms, including social media. The FBI stated while cyber actors have in recent years obtained voter registration information, the information was publicly available and the acquisition of this data did not impact the voting process or election results. Several of these disinformation operations aim to convince the public to lose confidence in the US democratic process. Threat actors use social media platforms and forums to suggest election infrastructure has been compromised.

Analyst Notes

Foreign governments will continue to use disinformation operations in order to attempt to sway the US population’s perspective. To avoid being influenced by a disinformation campaign, voters should seek information from trustworthy sources and verify who produced the information. It is especially important not to re-post or otherwise share false information, because sharing it serves to amplify the false message and give it a sense of legitimacy. Use multiple sources, including state and local election officials, for reliable information about voter registration databases and voting systems.