Bloomberg: U.S. Brings Back Cyber Team to Combat Possible Election Meddling

(Bloomberg) — The U.S. has reassembled an election security team to safeguard the 2022 midterm vote, with officials citing fears that Russia could seek to conduct new influence operations aiming to undermine democracy.

“The band is already back together, it’s formed,” General Paul Nakasone, who leads the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command, told a Vanderbilt University summit on modern conflict this week.

The election security team is comprised of military and civil personnel from both of Nakasone’s agencies, who will liaise with the FBI, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and U.S. National Guard units at the local and state level, among others.

“We’re less than 200 days before our nation goes to vote for midterm elections, and I assure you that we are ready and we will be ready going forward,” he said.

The effort comes amid warnings from U.S. officials that Russia could seek to sway voters during the midterms, which are viewed as a critical referendum on the Biden administration. Pollsters predict the Democratic Party stands to lose seats in both the House, where it has a slim majority, and potentially in the Senate, where it is already neck-and-neck with the Republican Party.

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