US media is reporting that the US State Department is offering up to $10 million for tips about foreign interference in US elections, including illegal cyber activities. According to a report by the Record:
July 1, 2022 The State Department announced on Thursday that it is offering up to $10 million for tips about foreign interference in U.S. elections, including illegal cyber activities. The cash, offered through the department’s Rewards for Justice program, would be for any information that leads to the identification or location of any foreign person or entity “who knowingly engaged or is engaging in foreign election interference.” Such conduct includes “covert, fraudulent, deceptive, or unlawful acts or attempted acts, or knowing use of information acquired by theft… to influence voters, undermine public confidence in election processes or institutions, or influence, undermine confidence in, or alter the result or reported result of a general or primary federal, states, or local election or caucus,” the department said in a statement. Actions also include “vote tampering and database intrusions; certain influence, disinformation, and bot farm campaigns; or malicious cyber activities.”
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The Global Influence Operations Report has extensively reported on foreign election interference in the US, identifying Russia, China, and Iran as the main actors involved. A March 2021 assessment by the US Director of National Intelligence concluded that Russia and Iran carried out election influence campaigns in the US, while China ultimately decided not to deploy such efforts. While Iranian campaigns targeting US elections aimed to promote Iran’s broad interests as opposed to securing a particular result, Russian interference tried to undermine trust in US authorities, stoke political resentment, and criticize politicians who Moscow views as anti-Russia.