As early voting for the presidency is under way elections of USA to be held on November 3, many Americans (50%) reported receiving unsolicited messages from political candidates trying to secure their vote. According to a research recently published by the cybersecurity company Avira, 59% of Americans have received unsolicited election messages from political candidates and 61% of Americans said wireless operators should exclude political election messages as unsolicited messages.
In September, Avira conducted a survey of 2.000 people from the United States, Germany and Hong Kong. The aim of the research was to draw conclusions about the public's feelings about the upcoming US elections.
The survey found that Americans do not consider the current election campaign in the United States to be impartial and fair. While 44% said the presidential election would be "free but not completely fair", 17% said it would be a "fraud". In addition, 24% expressed the view that the process of electing the next president would be "free and fair".
Also, when asked how they think the election might be disrupted, 50% of respondents said the disruption would come from misinformation to be disseminated through SOCIAL MEDIA, while 46% said the same thing would happen in the mainstream media. In addition, 14% of respondents said they expected foreign interference in the elections, while 37% expected fraud on mail-in ballots.
The investigation also found that cybercriminals took advantage of what Senator Bernie Sanders described as "the most important US election." 55% of Americans say they have faced an election-related fraud, with fake news to be mentioned more, followed by robocalls. Annoying robocalls are a big issue in the US, as in August alone, Americans received a total of about 120 million calls on a daily basis.
Travis Witteveen, CEO of Avira, said they exist Criminals who take advantage of important situations and conjunctures, such as national elections, to bribe, intimidate and defraud people on the internet, for their own personal gain and profit. Witteveen added that the results of the survey show that people recognize threats, such as scams for elections and misinformation. However, the cyber community has more work to do to help people around the world understand how to protect themselves in Internet.