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hina was found to be behind a massive online disinformation campaignaimed at undermining the upcoming United States midterm elections, according to a cybersecurity group.
The communist country is said to be using a network of social media accounts and altered news articles to “sow division between the U.S. and its allies and within the U.S. political system itself,” said Mandiant, a cybersecurity and intelligence organization that works with governments and the public sector.
The group called Dragonbridge caught the attention of Mandiant because of its aggressive attempts to discredit the U.S. democratic process, which included attempts to discourage Americans from voting in the midterm elections.
Mandiant also assessed “with high confidence” that the online campaign is “operating in support of the political interests of the People’s Republic of China.”
China is not the only country trying to meddle in the upcoming elections. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recently warned that an Iranian government-backed hacking group is working to target U.S. entities.
Russia is also said to be working to amplify doubts about the integrity of the elections as voters are set to head to the polls next week.
China’s Dragonbridge operation is similar to those of other foreign actors. Accounts connected to the group are posting English-language videos on online platforms, which included content attempting to discourage Americans from voting in the midterm elections.”