Recently, the National Security Agency (NSA) issued a surprising statement regarding the upcoming midterm elections.
The secretive intelligence agency, which does not make public statements frequently, recently unveiled fears regarding potential foreign interference in the upcoming elections, with NSA Director General Paul Nakasone asserting that the agency would be “going full-bore” against outside interference.
“We are going to be full-bore against foreign interference and influence in our elections,” Nakasone proclaimed.
The general, who is in charge of Cyber Command, noted that the agency brings forward the best people in order to achieve three major objectives for securing elections.
The first major objective is “to generate insights” in order to understand what the United States’ adversaries are doing, whereas the second objective is to “share that information and indications of what’s happening outside the United States with a series of partners.”
The third objective, the NSA director continued, is to “take action when authorized.”
During a cybersecurity conference at Fordham University in New York, Nakasone revealed that Cyber Command has undertaken approximately fifty “hunt forward” operations across sixteen different nations since 2018.
The purpose of the operations is to guard the nation’s electoral integrity, preventing any foreign efforts from interfering with Americans’ interests.
The NSA director confirmed that these efforts will continue through the midterm election cycle, noting they entail a large degree of foresight and creative thinking.
“I’m thinking about new and unique ways that an adversary might try to disrupt or try to influence our elections,” Nakasone mused.
The NSA perceives the prevention of foreign election interference as “a growth industry,” one wherein the agency completes “a series of operations … now and into the future as we approach the fall.”
The NSA also noted that Russia continues to pose a major threat to midterm elections, in spite of the ongoing invasion of Ukraine.
Despite the efforts Putin’s regime has put into the Ukraine war, Nakasone believes that the dictator is unlikely to relent on any election interference efforts.
Hackers associated with the Kremlin, in other words, will not be dissuaded or distracted by the war in Ukraine.
FBI Director Christopher Ray affirmed Nakasone’s warnings, indicating a point of consensus between the two intelligence agencies.