Joint report on foreign election interference released
On March 16, the Departments of Justice (DOJ) and Homeland Security (DHS) released a report on the key findings and recommendations regarding foreign interference in the 2020 U.S. election.
This report provides a declassified overview of a classified joint report from the Attorney General and Secretary of Homeland Security. Pursuant to Executive Order 13848, the classified joint report relied on the Intelligence Community Assessment addressing foreign threats to the 2020 U.S. elections, particularly the targeting of election infrastructure.
According to the report, DOJ and DHS have no evidence that any foreign government-affiliated actor prevented voting, changed votes,
or disrupted the ability to tally votes or to transmit election results in a timely manner. DOJ and DHS also found no evidence that any foreign government-affiliated actor altered any technical aspect of the voting process, or otherwise compromised the integrity of voter registration
information of any ballots cast during 2020 federal elections.
Though DOJ and DHS identified several incidents when Russian, Chinese, and Iranian government-affiliated actors materially impacted the security of networks associated U.S. political entities, the intelligence community assessed that those actors’ motives were unclear. It was also noted that the intelligence community has previously assessed that it would be difficult for a foreign actor to manipulate election processes at scale without detection by intelligence collection, post-election audits, or physical and cyber security monitoring of voting systems across the country.
To learn more about the joint report please follow the link below.
Key Findings and Recommendations: Foreign Interference Related to the 2020 U.S. Federal Elections, Department of Homeland Security
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