A federal law enforcement agency says it’s warning Americans to be wary of online threats to the election.
The Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday issued a public advisory warning of an online threat that could lead to the unauthorized use of voting machines, the latest in a series of cyberattacks on U.N. headquarters and voting machines around the world.
The threat comes amid an ongoing national debate over the use of online voting.
The United States and other Western nations have long used online voting in countries around the globe, but the issue has come under fire amid concerns that the use could disenfranchise minorities.
In the United States, more than one in three eligible voters don’t cast ballots online.
The advisory is the latest to raise alarms over the potential use of the internet to influence the November election.
In November, North Korea conducted a successful cyberattack that temporarily took down a number of U.K. government websites.
In February, Russia hacked the Democratic National Committee and leaked emails from the Democratic presidential campaign.
The U.A.E. warning comes amid a growing concern among U.P. officials about how the internet could be used to influence voting in the United Kingdom.
The British Election Commission has already warned that some parts of the country are already in a state of denial about online election-related activity, including those that involve the voting process.