White House National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien told CBSNews in an interview on Sunday Aug. 9, that hackers linked to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) have been targeting the U.S. electoral infrastructure to undermine the 2020 presidential election.
In O’Brien’s words, the CCP, Russia, and Iran have all engaged in cyberattacks against websites and security systems involved with the U.S. electoral infrastructure, with a common goal that would be “to see President Donald Trump lose the election.”
None of the CCP authorities in the United States have admitted to the administration’s claims regarding the various accusations they received about spying on both election security systems and companies, politicians, or other government agencies. According to Reuters, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said, “The U.S. presidential election is an internal affair, we have no interest in interfering in it.”
However, O’Brien said U.S. security operatives guaranteed that hackers attempted to infiltrate websites belonging to the secretary of state, which are responsible for administering local elections and collecting data on Americans.
O’Brien was clear in his message and did not hesitate to say, “There will be serious consequences for any country that tries to interfere with our free and fair elections.” While admitting that President Trump has made a number of enemies through his tough stance on the CCP, he was adamant that regardless of “whether their leaders prefer Joe Biden or prefer Donald Trump, it doesn’t matter. We’re Americans. We’re not going to have foreign countries deciding who our next president is going to be. That’s outrageous”
Reports from the White House of attacks and attempted information theft by various government departments and organizations are not new. In mid-July, the Justice Department issued an 11-count indictment against two Chinese citizens, accused of conducting a campaign of information theft and extortion.
The Justice Department warned that a report from a federal court in Spokane, Washington, issued an indictment in early July blaming the two computer hackers for hacking into the computer systems of hundreds of companies, nongovernmental organizations, and individual dissidents, clergy, and democratic and human rights activists in the United States and abroad.
The defendants, in some cases, would have acted for their own financial gain, and in others for the benefit of the CCCP’s Ministry of Security and other Chinese Party agencies, the report continues.
At the same time, on July 21, the U.S. government ordered the CCP to shut down the operations of its consulate in Houston, Texas. The causes of the forced closure were allegations that the CCP was using the consulate’s facilities as a base of operations to steal information from U.S. companies, laboratories, and institutions about advances in the CCP Virus vaccine.