The US FBI and CISA have issued public service announcements earlier this week about a campaign, that’s actively spreading disinformation about compromised voter databases and the voting systems. Since these can manipulate the voters’ trust and undermine their confidence about the system, they have listed out a few ways of spotting the disinformation.
FBI and CISA Warn about Election Disinformation Campaign
The US presidential election is scheduled in November this year and has already picked up enough heat since last year. While the election commission is making sure all the processes go accordingly and safely, fraudsters are performing their own illicit acts. Thus, FBI and CISA have stepped to warn citizens about them.
False claims of hacked voter information are likely to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the election. Read the public service announcement we jointly issued with the @FBI: https://t.co/8QXivWd82Y #Protect2020
— Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (@CISAgov) September 28, 2020
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) have issued Public Service Announcements (PSA) regarding an active disinformation campaign, that’s aimed “to manipulate public opinion, sow discord, discredit the electoral process.” Threat actors herein are spreading fake information about compromised voting systems and voter registration databases.
While the voters’ registration data is actually a publicly accessible thing from various state portals, FBI and CISA said they haven’t recorded a single incident of hackers altering the voting process by exploiting any of these public sources. Thus, they have suggested a list of activities to be done before believing such information. They are;
- Seek out information from trustworthy sources, verify who produced the content, and consider their intent.
- Rely on state and local election officials for information about voter registration databases and voting systems.
- View early, unverified claims with a healthy dose of skepticism.
- Verify through multiple reliable sources any reports about compromises of voter information or voting systems, and consider searching for other reliable sources before sharing such information via social media or other avenues.
- Report potential election crimes—such as disinformation about the manner, time, or place of voting—to the FBI.
- If appropriate, make use of in-platform tools offered by social media companies for reporting suspicious posts that appear to be spreading false or inconsistent information about voter information or voting systems.
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