Iran behind threatening 'Proud Boy' emails sent to Democrat supporters and Russia has stolen US voter data, FBI reveals

US intelligence officials have revealed that Iran and Russia have illegally interfered in the United States' 2020 election.

The two countries "have taken specific actions to influence public opinion relating to our elections," Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said at an election security press conference on Wednesday.

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Ratcliffe said it's been confirmed that Iran has obtained "some voter registration information."

Officials confirmed that the foreign countries are "using the information to send disinformation to voters."

"This data can be used by foreign actors to attempt to communicate false information to registered voters that they hope will cause confusion, so chaos, and undermine your confidence in American democracy," Ratcliffe said.

"We have already seen Iran sending spoofed emails designed to intimidate voters, incite social unrest, and damage Trump," he added.

The intelligence community has found that Iran sent threatening emails to Democratic voters.

The emails that were sent out claimed to be sent by the far-right group Proud Boys, The Washington Post reported.

But the FBI confirmed that Iran was behind those deceptive emails from the group, which is supportive of President Donald Trump.

Local law enforcement and election officials in Florida and Alska first reported seeing the sketchy emails on Tuesday.

The messages, handed over to federal authorities, "appeared to target Democrats using data from digital databases known as 'voter files,'" the Post reported.

The emails' sender told the recipients that the Proud Boys were "'in possession of all your information' and instructed voters to change their party registration and cast their ballots for Trump."

“You will vote for Trump on Election Day or we will come after you,” the emails to Democrats read.

Officials said that by Tuesday night, voters in at least four states received the emails – three of them in election swing states.

Ratcliffe told reporters on Wednesday that "nothing is more sacred than the fundamental democratic principle of: one person, one vote."

He said the intelligence community's responsibility to ensure the security of US voting systems is to "identifiy threats and assess intentions, capabilities, and actions of foreign adversaries."

"That also includes empowering Americans to understand information, or disinformation, that they are seeing – particularly on the internet – and to make informed decisions."

FBI Director Christopher Wray told reporters that when intel officials detect any hacking they "aggressively investigate and work with our partners to take appropriate action."

Before the FBI news confrerence, Senators Marco Rubio, R-Florida, and Mark Warner, D-Virginia, released a statement about "threats from adversaries to U.S. election systems and infrastructure.”

The lawmakers, who are leaders of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said they “urge every American – including members of the media – to be cautious about believing or spreading unverified, sensational claims related to votes and voting.”

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