Hi, this is Alyza on Bloomberg’s cybersecurity team. With the U.S. presidential vote less than one week away, the country is facing an array of digital threats to the election. Last week, officials warned that Russia has been targeting government agencies and Iran sent threatening emails to Democratic voters. Meanwhile Twitter Inc. and Facebook Inc. have steadily been removing more inauthentic accounts, and domestic disinformation is proliferating.
But while the threat may be greater than in previous elections, U.S. institutions have also had more time to prepare. One example is the Democratic National Committee, which was famously targeted with a hack-and-leak operation in 2016. This time, the DNC has made a much larger investment in cybersecurity and stood up an in-house counter-disinformation intelligence unit to track falsehoods.