The Canadian cyber espionage agency warned that Canadian voters may face some form of foreign network interference before and during the next federal election, including false information about voter fraud.
However, the United States Communications Security Agency (CSE) stated that such intervention is unlikely to match the scale and impact seen in the United States. A new threat assessment report was released on Friday.
The report reads: “We assess that more and more threat actors have cyber tools, organizational capabilities, and a sufficiently deep understanding of the Canadian political landscape to guide cyber activities against future Canadian federal elections, if they have strategic intentions. if.”
“We believe that Canadian voters are likely to experience some form of foreign network interference before and during the next federal election.”
Although there is no official election call, the federal party seems to be in full pre-election mode Parliamentary experts speculate that the writ will drop sometime in August.
If so, Canada’s foreign signal intelligence agency CSE stated that cyber threat actors may try to take advantage of any new changes related to COVID-19.
For example, those who wish to intervene may be concerned about the expected increase in mailed votes.
The CSE report states: “We assessed that false information linking mailed votes to voter fraud is likely to be relevant to the next federal election in Canada.”
“We have seen that the election changes related to COVID-19, such as more people choosing to vote by mail or delaying the spread of results, have triggered lies and conspiracy theories that question the legitimacy of the election results. This is happening online. The information ecosystem has been flooded with false and misleading content.”
After the then President Donald Trump made unfounded accusations of widespread voting fraud, the problem began to exist during the US election last year.
Nonetheless, CSE’s assessment is that the narrative here will be less prominent and influential than during the 2020 election in the United States.
The Liberal Party proposes to amend the election law bill Election is easier to hold in a pandemic It failed to pass in the House of Commons before the summer vacation.
However, Chief Electoral Officer Stéphane Perrault stated that he believes that the Canadian Electoral Commission can safely conduct elections without the C-19 bill and is already strengthening their ability to handle mailed votes.
Named by Russia, China and Iran
CSE stated that groups and individuals related to Russia, China, and Iran have carried out most of the observed cyber threat activities against democratic processes on a global scale.
The agency stated that foreign countries often intervene in elections because they try to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the election process, weaken confidence in leaders, promote foreign economic, ideological or military interests, and create divisions in the League of Nations.
CSE stated that, given Canada’s paper voting system, sensitive information held by the Canadian Election Commission is unlikely to be destroyed by cyber threat actors.