FBI warns cyber threats could delay voting in upcoming general election

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The FBI and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued a joint statement on Thursday, warning that cyber threats could delay voting in the upcoming general election.

The FBI said cyber actors have been attempting to compromise election systems that register and house voter information and provide unofficial election night reporting.

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill confirmed Thursday that similar attempts by hackers have occurred in Alabama.

“I will not tell you the attempts we receive, because that would only help the actors, because we have rebuffed those attempts. But what we will do is we will be prepared to respond to those attacks and others that are introduced now and in the future,” said Merrill.

Merrill also stressed that he is confident that the upcoming general election will run smoothly in Alabama. The FBI and Alabama Secretary of State are asking the public to remain vigilant, and to only seek out election information from trustworthy sources which you are able to verify has produced the content.

“People to do not need to believe everything they read on Facebook, on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn or other social media platforms that could misinform people about things that are currently ongoing. We are your trusted source of information for elections in the state of Alabama, Alabamavotes.gov,” said Merrill.

Merrill is also urging the public to report any activity that appears suspicious and could potentially play a role in impeding the administration of the upcoming general election. The Alabama Secretary of State has set up a voter fraud hotline which can be reached at 1-800-274-VOTE.

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