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DOJ, DHS Report Foreign Interference Had No Impact on 2018 Elections

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The departments of Justice and Homeland Security issued a joint report indicating that alleged foreign interference in the 2018 midterm elections had no material impact on election infrastructures or candidates. Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen submitted the report to President Trump, DOJ said Tuesday.

The two agencies found no evidence that any foreign government or agent affected the integrity or security of election infrastructures or campaigns in the past election. DOJ said the findings will guide agencies in the future to protect elections from interference. In 2016, agencies reported evidence of a cyber campaign from Russia targeting voting and election systems and aimed to share disinformation online, FCW reported Tuesday.

DHS and intelligence officials said they saw lower levels of suspicious or malicious cyber activities in 2018. DOJ also announced that efforts to protect the 2020 elections are underway.

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