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Pentagon launches cyber op for 'Russian interference' in midterm elections

Iran Press TV

Thu Oct 25, 2018 03:06AM

The US Cyber Command has launched a cyber operation to counter what it describes as "Russian interference" in the upcoming midterm elections.

"The US government leadership has made it clear that it will not accept any foreign interference or attempts to undermine or manipulate our elections in any way," Cybercom spokesman Joseph Holstead said. "This includes the whole-of-government effort to protect election infrastructure and prevent malign, covert election influence operations."

This is while Facebook and Twitter say they have at least found no evidence of Chinese meddling in the 2018 elections.

The finding has been corroborated by other tech firms, namely cybersecurity companies FireEye Inc. and Symantec Corp.

"There is nothing more important, no other priority that is higher at the NSA than the security of the midterm elections," said General Paul Nakasone, the third commander of the United States Cyber Command, at a conference last month. "We looked at what our adversaries have done previously and what they might do in the future... The forces that are working are well trained, ready to do what is necessary in terms of securing the elections in 2018."

According to US spy agencies, Russia and China have also been eavesdropping on Trump's personal phone calls. Despite that the president has refused to give up his three iPhones.

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