Officials with the FBI and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency warned Monday that foreign actors and cyber criminals may attempt to spread false information online to undermine the integrity of the upcoming U.S. presidential election.
In an announcement, officials with the agencies said false and inconsistent information is being spread online in the run up to the November elections to influence public opinion, discredit the electoral process and undermine confidence in democratic institutions.
“These malicious actors could use these forums to also spread disinformation suggesting successful cyber operations have compromised election infrastructure and facilitated the ‘hacking’ and ‘leaking’ of U.S. voter registration data,” the announcement said. “In reality, much U.S. voter information can be purchased or acquired through publicly available sources.”
Neither the FBI nor CISA have gotten information suggesting a cyberattack has compromised the election or stopped a registered voter from casting a ballot, officials said. The agencies urged Americans to “critically evaluate the sources of information they consume and to seek out reliable and verified information.”
Authorities issued the following recommendations to help Americans verify information they find online:
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