The US Government Is Spamming Random Iranians and Russians With Text Messages - 2020-08-07
On Thursday night, people in Russia and Iran started getting weird text messages. The texts offered people $10 million for information about cyber threats related to the upcoming U.S. election. It had a handy link where respondents could report tips. The U.S. State Department has admitted responsibility for the text messages, according to Reuters.
The State Department told Reuters in an email that the unsolicited text messages were meant to build awareness internationally. "This is a worldwide campaign in multiple languages," State told Reuters.
The messages are written in Farsi or Russian and say, "the United States pays up to $10 million for any information on foreign interference in American elections." The provided link routes to the U.S. Rewards for Justice program, a website where people can report tips about wanted terrorists and election interference for cash.