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.
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