With less than two months to go before the midterm elections, Symantec reports that there is every reason to believe foreign interlopers will again pull out the stops in order to influence voters and sow confusion.
“Given the impact the 2016 attacks had, there is a strong likelihood that these tactics may be used again in a bid to sow discord and confusion among voters,” the Symantec Security Response team said, noting new activity has already been recorded.
This bit of prognostication came in a report targeting the past activities of the well-known Russian groups APT28 and APT29, both of which played roles in attempting to influence and undermine the 2016 U.S. election cycle. Symantec noted the groups don’t attempt to alter election results by directly tampering with voting machines or changing counts, but instead target specific organizations, attempt to find and leak data that will then cause people to vote for or against a specific candidate.
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