Some Florida and Alaska voters received threatening emails warning them to “Vote Trump or else!” from the an email address alleged to be The Proud Boys, which if true would be pretty stupid, even for them:
The emails came from an address that appeared to be affiliated with a far-right group, though an analyst who reviewed one email obtained by CNN said it had been sent using foreign internet infrastructure.One email seen by CNN sent to a voter in Florida included the person’s home address. “You will vote for Trump on Election Day or we will come after you,” the email read.
The Proud Boys denied any involvement:
Motherboard obtained a full copy of one of the emails, which includes metadata and email headers. The email nominally says it was sent from the address “firstname.lastname@example.org.” The headers have more clues about where it came from, or at least what infrastructure the senders used. The “client-ip” address in the headers points to an Estonian IP, suggesting the senders spoofed the email address displayed to receivers. The Proud Boys, on some of their official channels, have claimed to have nothing to do with the emails, though it is of course possible that someone involved with the Proud Boys was involved in spoofing the emails. Local media in Florida has reported that the FBI is investigating.
And thus the Department of Homeland Security has concluded that the Estonian emails were in fact an Iranian campaign to create the appearance of a serious security breach, and undermine confidence in the integrity of the election:
“The U.S. government has concluded that Iran was behind a series of threatening emails arriving this week in the inboxes of Democratic voters.
“Department of Homeland Security officials told state and local election administrators on a call Wednesday that a foreign government was responsible for the online barrage… A DHS official also said authorities had detected holes in state and local election websites and instructed those participating to patch their online services.
“The emails claimed to be from the Proud Boys, a far-right group supportive of President Trump, but appeared instead to be a deceptive campaign making use of a vulnerability in the organization’s online network.”
Undermine confidence in democracy sounds like a Russian goal to me, but you know, Nyet! says the Whitey House: it is an attack on the Russian Usurper from the Iranians.
Iran behind threatening pro-Trump emails to U.S. voters, feds say
“The Iranian government is behind recent emails threatening Americans with retribution if they do not vote to reelect President Donald Trump, national security officials said on Wednesday. In addition, Iran and Russia have obtained the voter registration data of some Americans, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said during an abruptly scheduled evening news conference.
“The intelligence community has ‘seen Iran sending spoofed emails designed to intimidate voters, incite social unrest and damage President Trump,’ Ratcliffe said — though Democrats quickly disputed the last part of his statement.
“The threatening emails, purportedly sent by a far-right extremist group called the Proud Boys, told recipients, ‘You will vote for Trump on Election Day or we will come after you. Change your party affiliation to Republican to let us know you received our message and will comply.’ The messages also claimed that the senders had breached America’s ‘entire voting infrastructure’ and would be able to tell how the recipients voted.”