The US federal government will issue a warning this week in connection with the November 8 midterm elections for Congress, Politico reports, citing sources familiar with the matter.
The warning is expected to relate to potential cyber attacks on the election process by China and Russia, as well as possible physical threats to the election. The Republican Party aims to regain control of Congress in these elections, Reuters notes.
Domestic disinformation campaigns and threats against election officials can be cited as two major threats to the election process, two senior US government officials told Reuters last week. “There is a lot of talk about violence against representatives of the election authorities. That is why we have made it our priority … to aggressively investigate all these threats,” one of the sources told Reuters.
Russia and Iran, which have been accused in the past of meddling in the US election process, are engaged in crises (for Russia, it is the conflict in Ukraine, and for Iran, the mass protests that erupted after the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who is suspected of being a victim of police violence) and US cyber security services currently have no information that the two countries are preparing to interfere in the midterm elections.