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Iranians, Russians receive text messages seeking US election hacking info

Iranians, Russians receive text messages seeking US election hacking info

7/8/2020 12:43:00 AM

Iranians, Russians receive text messages seeking US election hacking info

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - When Mohamad first got the text message offering him up to US$10 million (S$13 million) for information about attempts to interfere with the US election, he thought it was 'some kind of cyber attack.'. Read more at straitstimes.com.

But when the Teheran-based software developer logged on to Twitter he realised he was one of an unknown number of Iranian citizens who have received out-of-the-blue messages promoting the US State Department's recently announced effort to defend the American presidential election.

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Russian media reported that Russian citizens also received similar messages on Thursday (Aug 6).It was not clear who is behind the text messages, which began surfacing online as bewildered recipients posted screenshots and photographs of the messages to Twitter and chat service Telegram.

Mohamed, who spoke with Reuters on condition that he be identified only by his first name, said he was among those who found the messages mystifying.Written in Farsi, the Iran text messages say:"The United States pays up to US$10 million for any information on foreign interference in American elections."

They carry a link to the US Rewards for Justice Program, which offers cash bounties in return for information on threats to American national security.On Wednesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters the US was now offering up to US$10 million"for information leading to the identification or location of any person who, acting at the direction or under the control of a foreign government, interferes with US elections by engaging in certain criminal cyber activities."

US Cyber Command referred questions to the US State Department, which did not have an immediate comment.The White House National Security Council did not immediately respond to a question about the texts.Nariman Gharib, of London-based cybersecurity group Certfa, said he became aware of the messages when several recipients inside Iran approached him privately over Telegram early on Thursday.

He said he was immediately troubled, saying the texts posed a safety risk to those inside the country."The moment you receive something like these kinds of messages from a government - we assume it's the US government - it's going to be flagged by Iran," he said.

He said that the United States had a range of options for communicating with Iranians, including online advertisements and Telegram channels. Read more: The Straits Times »

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