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FBI initiative seeks to harden campaigns against digital influence attacks

By Nikita Biryukov, August 20 2020 2:11 pm

The Federal Bureau of Investigation launched a series of tools meant to help campaigns protect against foreign digital election interference and cybersecurity threats Thursday.

“America’s elections are the foundation of our Democracy, so protecting them is a priority for the FBI and our partners. Unfortunately, we face today a very real threat from foes who seek to undermine our elections through online foreign influence operations,” FBI Director Chris Wray said. “That’s why the FBI has launched our protected voices initiative.”

The Protected Voices initiative advises campaigns on how to boost their digital security. It recommends campaign workers use long passwords and two-factor authentication and urges campaigns use encrypted means of communications and limit staffers’ access to parts of internal networks they don’t need.

The initiative, launched jointly by the FBI, The National Counterintelligence and Security Center and the Director of National Intelligence’s office, follows widespread foreign interference in the 2016 presidential election.

It also urges campaign officials to critically evaluate external communications, use virtual private networks when connecting to outside networks and train employees against phishing and other scams.

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