US claims Iranian hackers accessed voter data

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Iranian officers have denied hacking claims, saying it makes no distinction to them whether or not Trump or Biden wins.

United States officers mentioned late Friday that Iranian hackers it accused of sending threatening emails despatched to 1000’s of People earlier this month had efficiently accessed voter information.

The emails seemed to be from the far-right Proud Boys group and instructed recipients the group was “in possession of all of your data” and to alter occasion registration and vote for US President Donald Trump.

In a joint assertion, the FBI and the Division of Homeland Safety (DHS) mentioned they “are conscious of an Iranian superior persistent risk … actor focusing on US state web sites”, together with election web sites.

The companies mentioned this actor was liable for the voter intimidation emails and for election-related disinformation in mid-October.

In addition they mentioned the “actor efficiently obtained voter registration information in not less than one state”, however didn’t establish that state.

The FBI and DHS didn’t instantly reply to Reuters information company’s request for remark.

US officers have been on excessive alert over the specter of potential international interference within the upcoming November 3 election, which pits Republican President Donald Trump in opposition to Democratic challenger Joe Biden.

Throughout a information convention on October 21, John Ratcliffe, director of US Nationwide Intelligence, accused hackers – allegedly from Iran and Russia – of acquiring voter data and attempting to affect public opinion forward of the polls.

“We now have confirmed that some voter registration data has been obtained by Iran and individually, by Russia,” Ratcliffe mentioned at the moment.

In response, Iranian Overseas Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh instructed state tv that “Iran’s sturdy rejection of American officers’ repetitive, baseless and false claims was conveyed to the Swiss ambassador”, who acts as a mediator between the 2 international locations.

“As we’ve mentioned earlier than, it makes no distinction for Iran who wins the US election,” Khatibzadeh mentioned.

Whereas Russian interference within the 2016 elections dominated the US information cycle for years following President Donald Trump’s victory, US officers say it doesn’t look like taking part in a big position this time round.