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US blames Iran for spoofed emails threatening Democrats

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High-ranking US officials claimed that Iran was behind a wave of emails sent to US voters with faked emails earlier this week.

The emails spoofed the identity of violent extremist group Proud Boys and threatened registered Democrat voters with consequences if they didn’t vote for Donald Trump in the upcoming US Presidential Election.

The senders claimed to have access the entire US voting infrastructure but appeared to use public voter registration databases to target Democrat voters in Alaska, Arizona, and Florida.

According to email security firm Proofpoint, the first wave of emails was sent on Tuesday followed by a second on the next day.

The second wave of emails, also included a link to a video implying that individuals could cast fraudulent ballots, even from overseas. The operation appeared to exploit a vulnerability in the Proud Boys’ online network.

The video shows Trump making derogatory comments about mail-in voting, followed by a logo with the name of the Proud Boys. The video was also posted on a Twitter account that has since been suspended.

FBI Director Christopher Wray and Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe stated in a short press conference that the spam campaigns are by Iran.

Ratcliffe stated that the information in the video is not true and he also added that besides Iran, Russia still remained the major threat to the 2020 election.

The two officials ask the US public to remain calm and not to spread any similar messages they receive in the future.

However, no evidence has been provided during the press conference.

Image Credits : CNN

Priyanka R
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