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FBI warns that Iranian cyber actors continue to threaten US election officials


This news story was published on January 17, 2021.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The FBI is issuing an announcement to help the public recognize Iranian activity intended to create fear, divisions, and mistrust in the United States and undermine public confidence in the US electoral process.

Iranian cyber actors are continuing their “Enemies of the People” (EOTP) online operations by threatening the lives of US federal, state, and private sector officials using direct email and text messaging, as well as exposing officials’ personal information and photographs on websites. The Iranian cyber actors have sought to intimidate some of the officials with direct threats, including an image of an apparent text communication between the EOTP actors and an unidentified individual in the United States purportedly supporting the operation. Individuals in the United States intent on disrupting the peaceful transition of power potentially may be inspired by and act upon these influence efforts to harass, harm, threaten, or attack individuals specifically identified.

The actors are also using social media sites to promote and disseminate messaging about the EOTP operation, likely due to past suspensions of EOTP websites. The FBI identified accounts assessed to be associated with the EOTP operation as either disseminating threatening messages or amplifying the EOTP campaign.

The FBI urges the public to critically evaluate the sources of the information they consume and to seek out reliable and verified information. The FBI is responsible for investigating malign foreign influence operations and malicious cyber activity targeting election infrastructure, and other US democratic institutions. The FBI also investigates federal election crimes and violent crimes, including threats of violence against US election or other public officials. The FBI will continue to aggressively investigate credible threats made against US election officials through any media, including websites and telephonic or electronic communications.

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6 Responses to FBI warns that Iranian cyber actors continue to threaten US election officials

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 19, 2021 at 8:46 pm

    The Iranians wouldn’t do anything to harm us, they love us. Ask Barry and Killary. Pedo Joe wants to jump back into a nuke deal with them. WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG?

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    Paul O Reply Report comment

    January 17, 2021 at 1:46 pm

    My God will this ever end

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 17, 2021 at 11:41 am

    Knock this crap off! There was NO foreign interference in the past election – and for that matter it was one of the most honest elections the socialist have ever won.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      January 17, 2021 at 1:50 pm

      the FBI is lying about this, wow, you got it all figured out dontcha

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        January 18, 2021 at 9:11 pm

        In the last 4 years they have lied about, covered up, or just plain withheld so much information. It is hard to trust them.