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FBI Says Iranian “Cyber Actors” Behind Website With Death Threats To US Election Officials

January 15th, 2021 14:19

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.