Spy, law enforcement agencies intensify US electoral security measures. UU.

By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON, Nov. 8 (Reuters) - U.S. spy and law enforcement agencies said Friday they had strengthened procedures to inform Congress, state and local governments, private companies and the public about the foreign interference in the US elections. The FBI has already given some US election candidates defensive reports about the evidence that US agencies collected from possible electoral interference, an FBI official said in a briefing for journalists. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, declined to give more details about who could have been warned about the interference or where and how the interference could have originated. An official, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, said US agencies believe that Russia, China and Iran present continuous potential threats to the US electoral system. However, officials stressed that US agencies had not seen direct threats to US electoral systems recently. An FBI official added that the office has invested a lot of time trying to help social media companies detect politically related message traffic and not share information about it with social media companies. Authorities said that on October 31, President Donald Trump had approved the espionage and security agency's plans to intensify electoral security, but said they did not know if he had issued a written order confirming it. Authorities said the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and the Agency for Cyber ​​Security and Infrastructure are activating improved notification procedures to complement procedures already used by federal agencies to notify victims of crime, including hacking or other crimes directed against political campaigns. Officials said the parties that could receive such notifications include targets for electoral interference, Congress and the public. In an information document on the new notification procedures, the agencies involved said that the need to protect sensitive national security sources and methods would be considered when officials decide whether or not to issue a notification of interference. The newspaper said the Secret Service would be informed of any evidence of foreign political interference directed against the main US presidential and vice-presidential candidates. UU. In the November 2020 elections, as well as the organizations and events in which they participate. One official said victims and targets of election-related interference "would not have a veto" over who federal authorities would notify about such interference, though security and political sensitivities would certainly be considered before such notifications are undertaken. (Reporting By Mark Hosenball ; editing by Jonathan Oatis) This story has not been edited by The Times of India and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed to which we subscribe. (This story has not been edited by timesofindia.com and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed to which we subscribe.)

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