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From Mark Hosenball
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -US security agencies said Wednesday they had highly credible information suggesting that Iranian cyber actors were responsible for creating a website containing death threats against US election officials earlier this month.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security’s Cyber and Infrastructure Security Agency said in a statement that the Enemies of the People website, which appeared after the US election but now appears to be inactive, is “an ongoing Iranian intent to create divisions and distrust of “the United States have shown and undermine public confidence in the US electoral process. “
The agencies said they had previously warned that “Iranian cyber actors” are likely to be interested in influencing and disrupting the 2020 US elections.
“Iran is not involved in inciting violence or causing unrest in the United States,” Alireza Miryousefi, a spokeswoman for the Iranian UN mission, told Reuters in an email.
“Iran itself is the biggest victim of cyber attacks, including Stuxnet, and has always emphasized the need to put in place a global mechanism to prevent cyber attacks at the United Nations and other international institutions.”
The website allegedly created by Iran accused US officials involved in election security of “treason”.
The website, along with several related social media reports, featured photos of Republican and Democratic officials with rifle crosshairs over them. It also contained the alleged private addresses of the officers.
The site’s audiences included FBI Director Christopher Wray and Christopher Krebs, the former CISA director who was fired by President Donald Trump after publicly vouching for the 2020 election results and showing that Joe Biden had defeated Trump.
The website was also aimed at several employees of Dominion Voting Systems, a voting machine supplier that has been the subject of unfounded conspiracy theories about election manipulation.
A Dominion spokeswoman said these false claims created dangerous threats to the company and its employees.
Internet records hid the identity of whoever set up the site. Cyber security researchers said one of the sites was hosted in Russia and some records have accounts that have been registered over Yandex (NASDAQ :), a Russian email platform. However, experts said such links did not prove any connection between the Russian government and the website.
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