United States to alert public to foreign efforts to undermine American politics

United States to alert public to foreign efforts to undermine American politics

United States to alert public to foreign efforts to undermine American politics

The report details that the Department of Justice is "considering whether new criminal statutes" targeting foreign operations aimed at spreading misinformation and influencing public opinion might be necessary as technology evolves.

Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, impeached 12 Russian intelligence officers for pilfering and propagating information from the Clinton battle to have an effect on the race.

He called attempts to interfere in the presidential elections of 2016 in the US one of many examples of hostile activities in cyberspace, comparing them with "only one tree in the growing forest", reports DW. "As Director Coats made clear, these actions are persistent, they are pervasive, and they are meant to undermine America's democracy on a daily basis, regardless of whether it is election time or not, ' " Rosenstein said.

He warned of a continued threat and the report highlighted five types of operations the government must counter: cyberattacks on election infrastructure such as voter registration databases and voting machines; targeted attacks on political organizations, campaigns and public officials; covert operations to help or hurt campaigns; the spread of disinformation on social media; and the use of lobbyists, foreign media and other organizations to influence lawmakers and the public. "Focusing merely on a single election misses the point".

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"Don't underestimate resolve of American law enforcement".

"The challenge calls for the application of neutral principles", he said.

He also said "partisan political considerations must play no role in our efforts". The Soviet Union used them against the United States throughout the 20th century, including in 1963, paying an American to distribute a book claiming that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Central Intelligence Agency assassinated President John F. Kennedy. In that report, the task force has identified five different types of foreign interference techniques used to target United States political processes. Foreign operatives can pursue political organizations, campaigns and public officials. The report outlines how the department will work to expose the foreign efforts without damaging counter-intelligence efforts or wading into US politics.

The US Justice Department announced on Thursday a policy to alert the public about foreign cyber operations like Russia's alleged hacking and disinformation campaign during the 2016 US presidential election.

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