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Tags: fbi | election meddling | hacking | election systems

FBI Unveils Website on 'Foreign Influence Operations'

FBI Unveils Website on 'Foreign Influence Operations'
FBI Director Christopher Wray (John Bazemore/AP)

By    |   Thursday, 30 August 2018 08:13 PM

The FBI on Thursday unveiled a new website to share information on its work to "identify and counteract malign foreign influence operations" targeting the United States.

The bureau touted the website as designed "to educate the public about the threats faced from disinformation campaigns, cyber attacks, and the overall impact of foreign influence on society."

The website stems from the Foreign Influence Task Force launched last year by FBI Director Christopher Wray.

"Foreign influence operations — which include covert actions by foreign governments to influence U.S. political sentiment or public discourse — are not a new problem," the FBI said on the website.

"But the interconnectedness of the modern world, combined with the anonymity of the Internet, have changed the nature of the threat and how the FBI and its partners must address it. The goal of these foreign influence operations directed against the United States is to spread disinformation, sow discord, and, ultimately, undermine confidence in our democratic institutions and values."

The FBI also announced a new series of videos with the Department of Homeland Security and the Director of National Intelligence to teach political campaigns "the most urgent cybersecurity issues that may leave a political campaign's computer networks vulnerable to attacks."

Meanwhile, Homeland Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen also signed a joint statement with the United States' international intelligence-sharing partners, known as the "Five Eyes" nations, that in part stated the countries were committed to combatting foreign influence campaigns.

"Foreign interference threatens a nation's sovereignty, values and national interests — it can limit or shape the polity's ability to make independent judgements, erode public confidence in our political and government institutions, and interfere with private-sector decision making," the joint statement read, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

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To share information on its work to "identify and counteract malign foreign influence operations" targeting the United States, the FBI unveiled a new website Thursday.
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