Emerging Technology to Drive More Advanced and Widespread Election Cyber Threats

Credits: Baker College

FBI Director Christopher Wray has warned of the potential for more sophisticated and accelerated cyberattacks against the U.S. in the lead-up to this year’s presidential elections.

According to a report by cybersecurity firm Recorded Future’s news site, The Record, Wray highlighted the increasing use of advanced technologies by threat actors in their operations.

Wray emphasized that generative artificial intelligence has enabled intrusions from less sophisticated threat operations and facilitated more advanced foreign influence threats targeting U.S. elections.

Emerging Technology (Credits: Mandiant)

Speaking at an event sponsored by the Intelligence and National Security Alliance, Wray underscored the need for increased coordination among various agencies and organizations to address these threats effectively.

He called for enhanced collaboration between the FBI, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, the U.S. Cyber Command, the National Security Agency, and the CIA.

Wray also stressed the importance of greater cooperation with election regulators, state and local governments, and private organizations to mitigate the risks posed by cyber threats.

Wray expressed confidence in the government’s partnerships across sectors, stating, “So while the threats are moving faster and have grown more complex, I’m confident that our partnerships — across the government and the private sector — are better than ever, and that our combat-tempo response to election threats will remain as fast, well-coordinated, and skillful as ever.”

Wray’s remarks highlight the need for a comprehensive and collaborative approach to cybersecurity to protect the integrity of U.S. elections and address the evolving threat landscape.

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