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Iran-Linked Hackers Broke Into 2020 Election Website, General States


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Hackers working for Iran broke into a U.S. city’s website ahead of the 2020 election with the possible intention of altering the unofficial vote counts shown on election day, a senior military cyber official said Monday.

The alleged incident, which has not been previously reported, is distinct from other allegations of Iranian election interference attempts that U.S. officials announced in the days before that election. The U.S. removed the hackers before they could do any harm.

U.S. Army Maj. Gen. William J. Hartman, head of U.S. Cyber Command’s Cyber National Mission Force, which specializes in operations like protecting elections, described the incident at the RSA Conference, a cybersecurity industry event.

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