The FBI Warns That Artificial Intelligence Is Changing the Game for Election Interference

Security officials in the United States are preparing for a barrage of swift influence operations from a variety of foes intended to sway the nation’s next presidential election. At a meeting of security professionals on Thursday, FBI Director Christopher Wray issued the most recent caution about attempts to influence American voters’ choices of candidates when they cast their ballots in November. He noted that advancements in artificial intelligence and other technologies are already changing the nature of threats. The U.S. will have more foes this election cycle who are acting more quickly and with the help of new technologies, according to Wray.

 

The barrier to entry is being lowered by advancements in generative AI [artificial intelligence], for example, making it simpler for both more and less skilled foreign adversaries to engage in malicious influence. At the same time, efforts by both new and old players to exert foreign influence are becoming more realistic and challenging to identify, the speaker claimed. The White House and a prominent senator specifically singled out Russia in their earlier worries, which are echoed in the warning. Mark Warner, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, expressed concerns during a cybersecurity conference on Tuesday that the US is not as ready as it was in 2020 for foreign meddling in its elections in 2024.

 

According to a declassified intelligence assessment, there is a high to moderate degree of confidence that China, Iran, and Russia are working together to influence the results of the 2022 midterm elections. According to the allegation, China has given its tacit approval to attempts to influence a few midterm elections involving members of both U.S. political parties. Tehran’s clandestine efforts were mostly carried out with the help of its intelligence services and internet influencers headquartered in Iran, the statement stated. “During this election cycle, Iran’s influence operations demonstrated its intention to take advantage of perceived social divisions and erode trust in American democratic institutions.”

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