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Warning: Attacks Are Coming, Brace For Impact

New reports indicate that the FBI has begun to pre-emptively warn both Democratic and Republican state parties about cyber attacks from China.

The federal authorities warned that both parties’ headquarters in every state could be attacked in the lead-up to the November midterm elections according to The Washington Post.

WaPo citing party and U.S. officials who spoke on condition of anonymity said that FBI agents in field offices nationwide have reached out to local GOP and Democrat offices. Though they added that none of the potential targets have been hacked or breached so far.

“The FBI is being considerably more proactive,” one senior U.S. official told The Washington Post. “It’s part of a larger move that the FBI isn’t waiting for the attack to occur. They’re increasingly trying to prevent.”
The report further noted that an NSA memo in early October noted Chinese hackers scanned more than 100 U.S. state-level political party web domains in total.
The officials warned that network scanning is a component of a “comprehensive broad campaign” by Chinese assets to locate potential victims adding, “This is what they do.”
These domains were scanned “likely so the PRC cyber actor could build a target network for possible future operations,” the NSA said in its memo.
Republican National Committee spokesperson Emma Vaughn told reporters in an email, “The RNC remains secure and we have not been compromised.”
“Cybersecurity remains a top priority for the entire Republican ecosystem, which is why we place a premium on ensuring our stakeholders have the necessary tools, resources and training on best practices so that our Party remains protected and vigilant.”
According to Newsmax, just weeks ago in an Oct. 5 statement, the FBI and CISA assessed “that any attempts by cyber actors to compromise election infrastructure are unlikely to result in largescale disruptions or prevent voting.”
They also cite a report from the cybersecurity firm Recorded Future for The Hill that indicated, “China likely views electoral interference and voter influence ahead of the U.S. midterm elections as an appropriate response to the US’s perceived interference with Taiwan.”
Wáng Yì, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in his condemnation of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi‘s visit to Taiwan said the visit “gravely undermines peace and stability” and would have “a severe impact on the political foundation of China-U.S. relations.”
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