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Federal government offering $ 10 million in rewards for hints of foreign election interference

The State Department announced Thursday that it is offering up to $ 10 million in bounties for information on foreign interference in US elections. The 

division, in its release, "looks for information that leads to the identification or location of all foreigners, including foreign entities that are deliberately involved in or are involved in foreign election interference. I am. " As information that leads to prevention, frustration, or favorable resolution of foreign election interventions. Examples include database tampering, running bot farm campaigns, and malicious cyber activity. 

Rewards will be announced prior to the 2022 midterm elections, which will determine the control of the House and Senate. 

After the 2016 presidential election,Senate intelligence commissions Russia overwhelmingly supports Donald Trump I found that I was doing. "We have engaged in active and multifaceted efforts to influence or attempt to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election." Special counselRobert Mueller discovered that Russia interfered with the election by tampering with the Democratic computer network and tracking local election offices. 

Prior to the 2020 elections, authorities warned of possible foreign election interventions. In October 2020, Supreme Intelligence officials said Iran and Russia tried to compromise the presidential election. 

Still, after the last presidential election, former President Trump's own federal election infrastructure officials said in a joint statement The 2020 election was the "safest election in American history."

The Department of State's compensation will be funded by the Election Safety Fund provided by the National Defense Authorization Act of 2021. Seewww.rewardsforjustice.netfor more information.

Catherine Watson

Catherine Watson is a political reporter for CBS News Digital based in Washington, D.C.

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