Coordinated inauthentic behavior networks [3], involving actors from Russia, Iran [4], and China [4], are anticipated to exploit political tensions and employ social engineering tactics to disseminate misinformation and manipulate public opinion during the 2024 US elections [2].


One such example is the Doppelganger influence operation [4], based in Russia, which has established fake news sites and social media accounts to propagate divisive narratives in the US in the lead-up to the elections. Additionally, the FBI has issued warnings about cybercrimes targeting election officials in previous election cycles [2]. These activities pose a significant threat to the integrity of the electoral process and raise concerns regarding cybercriminals manipulating public perception. Although the impact of these efforts has been minimal thus far, it is crucial to address these threats and implement measures to mitigate the risk of cyberattacks [3].

Cybersecurity experts predict a rise in state-sponsored hacking and attacks associated with political activism [1], election interference [1], and major events utilizing artificial intelligence in 2024 [1]. While the number of phishing attacks is expected to decrease [1], the use of fake sites to deceive users is anticipated to become more prevalent. Of particular concern is the use of generative artificial intelligence in election interference [1]. Cybercriminals are shifting their tactics to focus on fake sites as a discreet and less detectable method of attack [1], with the ultimate goal of stealing information, including financial data [1], from unsuspecting victims [1].


The potential impacts of these activities on the electoral process cannot be underestimated. It is imperative to address these threats promptly and effectively. Measures must be implemented to safeguard the integrity of elections and protect public perception from manipulation. Additionally, ongoing vigilance and adaptation to emerging cyber threats are essential. As we approach the 2024 US elections, it is crucial to remain proactive in countering coordinated inauthentic behavior networks and ensuring the security of our democratic processes.