The US FBI is reporting that Iranian “cyber actors” were most likely behind the creation of a now inactive website that contained death threats aimed at U.S. election officials. According to the FBI report:
December 23, 2020 The FBI and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) possess highly credible information indicating Iranian cyber actors almost certainly were responsible for the creation of a website called Enemies of the People, which contained death threats aimed at U.S. election officials in mid-December 2020. The FBI has identified multiple domains, to include the main site, enemiesofthepeople.org, that contained personal information and photographs for a number of U.S. officials and individuals from private sector entities involved with the 2020 election. The FBI has confirmed the main site is currently inactive.
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The FBI report concludes:
The post-election creation of the Enemies of the People website demonstrates an ongoing Iranian intent to create divisions and mistrust in the United States and undermine public confidence in the U.S. electoral process.
Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) reporting on Iranian influence operations during the 2020 US elections has included:
- An October 2020 report that the US Treasury designated five Iranian entities said to have been involved in the Iranian regime’s attempts to influence the US elections.
- An October 2020 report that according to national security officials, Iran stood behind sending voters fake emails intended to look like a far-right, pro-Trump group had sent them.
- In October 2020 report that Microsoft reported on cyber-attacks targeting people and organizations involved in the elections.