The US citizens are not the only ones closely monitoring Tuesday's midterm elections. Russian hackers and high-profile figures are also on the loop, with Putin’s close ally suggesting the Kremlin’s interference.
Yevgeny Prigozhin, a Russian oligarch – also known as “Putin’s chef” for hosting his dinners – has responded to a question from a Russian portal Russia News. The question addressed Bloomberg’s findings about Russia’s new attempts to influence the congressional and gubernatorial elections on November 8, cited in RFE/RL.
The midterms are essential to the rest of President Joe Biden’s term and may lead to the re-election of former president Donald Trump shall he officially decide to join the 2024 presidential race.
“I will answer you very subtly, delicately and I apologize, I will allow a certain ambiguity. Gentlemen, we interfered, we interfere, and we will interfere. Carefully, precisely, surgically, and in our own way, as we know how. During our pinpoint operations, we will remove both kidneys and the liver at once,” Prigozhin commented, as cited by the press service of the Concord company, which is half owned by the businessman.
Previously, the UK-government-funded research uncovered a Russian “troll factory” utilized to spread disinformation on social media. It was linked to Prigozhin, who previously owned a similar bot factory known as the Internet Research Agency.
Typically, the Kremlin denies all allegations of attempts to manipulate the course of US politics. Prigozhin’s statement serves as the first public announcement of such doings.
In light of this, Russian hackers called on fellow “hacktivists” to get involved in the US midterms.
Previously, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) warned that threat actors might attempt to influence the elections by organizing disinformation campaigns in the lead-up to and after the 2022 midterm elections.
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