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US voting systems not targeted by China, Russia, Iran, Cuba in last year’s midterms, report

CyberScoop reports that the U.S. did not have its voting systems compromised by interference attempts by China, Russia, Iran, and Cuba during the midterm elections in 2022 despite more extensive foreign activity than during the 2018 polls. Such interference attempts during the U.S. elections have been refocused toward influence operations instead, with China working to sow discord on abortion, gun control, and other controversial topics, while Russia worked to disparage the Democratic Party while reversing support for Ukraine among a subset of the American population, according to a report from the National Intelligence Council. Trust in U.S. democratic entities was also targeted by Iran although its efforts were likely hampered by other priorities while Cuba sought to manipulate numerous congressional and gubernatorial positions, the report revealed. "There is no evidence that this activity prevented voting, changed votes, or disrupted the ability to tally votes or to transmit election results in a timely manner; altered any technical aspect of the voting process; or otherwise compromised the integrity of voter registration information or any ballots cast during the 2022 federal elections," said the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security in a statement regarding the report.

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