The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Tuesday pointed to Russia as the key nation involved in spreading disinformation and misinformation in the U.S., along with posing an "acute" cybersecurity threat headed into the next year. "Foreign influence activity will target U.S. foreign and domestic policy, international events such as COVID-19, and democratic processes and institutions, including the 2020 Presidential election," DHS wrote in the 2020 Homeland Threat Assessment (HTA), released Tuesday. "Russia is the likely primary covert influence actor and purveyor of disinformation and misinformation within the Homeland," the agency noted. "We assess that Moscow's primary objective is to increase its global standing and influence by weakening America—domestically and abroad—through efforts to sow discord, distract, shape public sentiment, and undermine trust in Western democratic institutions and processes." ADVERTISEMENT The assessment from DHS came as concerns around foreign threats to elections have spiked in the past few months. A top official from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence assessed in August that Russia, China and Iran were actively interfering in U.S. elections this year, four years after Russia launched a sweeping campaign designed to favor now- President Trump Donald Trump Trump DOJ seized House Democrats’ data from Apple… Read full this story
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