An unknown phone call told millions of Americans to “stay at home” before Election Day, The washington posts report.
The Post reported on Tuesday that over the past several weeks, about 10 million calls from fake phone numbers have been made asking people to “stay safe and at home”. Calls with a female voice say the text is a “test call” before asking everyone to stay indoors.
Alex Quilici, the chief executive of spam-blocking company YouMail, told the newspaper that the calls did not directly mention the 2020 election but were still intended to sow confusion and reveal vulnerabilities. in the phone system could be exploited.
“If you want to wreak havoc in the US for the election, one way to do that is obviously to call the robot,”; Quilici said. “This whole thing is showing [that] It can be difficult to react quickly to a campaign with a large number of calls. “
A YouMail investigation found that the calls could have foreign origin and reached 280 out of 317 area codes in the country. They start in the summer and become more aggressive in October.
Foreign threats in this year’s elections have been a controversial issue. Concerns are greater after the Director of National Intelligence John RatcliffeSenate Democrat warns about disinformation, interference around Wisconsin GOP Election Day says hackers stole .3M Hillicon Valley: Big Tech hears most partisan | Rubio warns about foreign election interference | Trump campaign website was hacked MORE quickly said in October that Russia and Iran are trying to stir public opinion ahead of Tuesday’s vote. Both countries have denied the charges against them.
Specifically, Ratcliffe said that Iran is behind fake emails to threaten voters, incite social unrest and cause damage. President TrumpDonald John TrumpJudge allows the Trump police department to publish the report but with Lady Gaga denying responsibility at the Biden rally: Trump ‘believes his popularity gives him the right to take’ the Pelosi woman said that Ha the House is ready to decide the president if the election results are contested MORE. Mistakes made by the Iranian hackers subsequently linked them with threatening emails.
Voters in Florida and Alaska received threatening emails from domains affiliated with the far-right Proud Boys group asking them to vote for Trump or “we’ll go after you.” Prao Boys denied sending emails.
Reports of using robotic calls and other technology to intimidate voters became the dominant topic as the election was finally over.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel (D) said on Twitter on Tuesday she was receiving reports of a robot call in Flint asking citizens to vote on Wednesday due to the long line.
“Obviously this is FALSE and an attempt to suppress the vote,” Nessel tweeted. “Not wordy and today is the last day to vote. Do not believe lies! Hear your voice! “
Received reports of numerous automated calls to Flint residents that, due to the long queue, they will vote tomorrow.
Obviously this is FALSE and an attempt to crack the vote. Not wordy and today is the last day to vote. Do not believe lies! Hear your voice! RT PLS.
– Dana Nessel (@dananessel) November 3, 2020
Nessel warned on Monday that text messages were sent to fool voters in Dearborn into thinking “there is a ballot sensor problem.”
“Don’t fall for it, it’s a trick!” she speaks.
[AG ELECTION ALERT]: Dear voters, text messages are supposed to have been sent to trick you into thinking there is a ballot sensor problem. Don’t fall for it, that’s a trick! Visit https://t.co/7MBWZSJ4Zd and follow @MichSoS for any updates. pic.twitter.com/NEot16yIqD
– Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel (@MIAttyGen) November 2, 2020
Early last month, Conservative agents Jacob Wohl and Jack Burman were charged in Michigan with an automated calling scheme allegedly trying to crack down on minority voters.
At the end of October, Burman and Wohl also prosecuted in Ohio, charged with Use automated calls to try to scare people to vote by mail. The messages warn voters that if they vote by mail, their information can be used to chase old orders, collect unpaid debts or track people down for mandatory vaccinations.