US media is reporting that Iranian hackers broke into the computer systems of US publisher Lee Enterprises, one of the largest newspaper chains in the US, as part of a broader effort to spread disinformation about the 2020 presidential election. According to a Wall Street Journal report:
November 19, 2021 WASHINGTON — Iranian hackers last year infiltrated the computer systems of Lee Enterprises Inc., a major American media company that publishes dozens of daily newspapers across the U.S., as part of a broader effort to spread disinformation about the 2020 presidential election, according to people familiar with the matter. On Thursday, the Justice Department said the alleged hackers broke in to the digital systems of an unnamed media company in fall 2020 and tested how to create false news content. People familiar with the matter on Friday identifies the company as Lee Enterprises, a publicly traded company headquarted in Davenport, Iowa, and one of the largest newspaper chains in the U.S.
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We recently reported on the US Justice department’s indictment of two Iranian hackers accused of state-sponsored attempts to spread disinformation ahead of the US presidential election.