Tech Companies Take A Leading Role In Warning Of Foreign Cyber Threats

By GREG MYRE

The U.S. government says it’s on high alert for cyberattacks from foreign countries in this election year. Yet private cybersecurity firms have often been the ones sounding the alarm, and in some cases, they are selling their services to the U.S. intelligence community.

“We’ve seen Iran impersonating political candidates,” said Sandra Joyce, the head of global intelligence at FireEye, a leading cybersecurity company.

“They’ve even fabricated letters that look like they’re coming from concerned citizens. They get themselves published in newspapers. Well-known newspapers. But they’re influence operators from Iran. They’re not concerned citizens from Texas,” she added.

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