US cyber experts conducted operations to safeguard election – New Canaan Advertiser

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ERIC TUCKERAssociated Press

U.S. Cyber Command Commander, National Security Agency Director and Central Security Service Chief Gen. Paul Nakasone speaks at a hearing to examine United States Special Operations Command and United States Cyber Command in review of the Defense Authorization Request for fiscal year 2022 and the Future Years Defense Program, on Capitol Hill, Thursday, March 25, 2021, in Washington.
1of12U.S. Cyber Command Commander, National Security Agency Director and Central Security Service Chief Gen. Paul Nakasone speaks at a hearing to examine United States Special Operations Command and United States Cyber Command in review of the Defense Authorization Request for fiscal year 2022 and the Future Years Defense Program, on Capitol Hill, Thursday, March 25, 2021, in Washington.Andrew Harnik/AP
U.S. Cyber Command Commander, National Security Agency Director and Central Security Service Chief Gen. Paul Nakasone speaks at a hearing to examine United States Special Operations Command and United States Cyber Command in review of the Defense Authorization Request for fiscal year 2022 and the Future Years Defense Program, on Capitol Hill, Thursday, March 25, 2021, in Washington.
2of12U.S. Cyber Command Commander, National Security Agency Director and Central Security Service Chief Gen. Paul Nakasone speaks at a hearing to examine United States Special Operations Command and United States Cyber Command in review of the Defense Authorization Request for fiscal year 2022 and the Future Years Defense Program, on Capitol Hill, Thursday, March 25, 2021, in Washington.Andrew Harnik/AP
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U.S. Cyber Command Commander, National Security Agency Director and Central Security Service Chief Gen. Paul Nakasone speaks at a hearing to examine United States Special Operations Command and United States Cyber Command in review of the Defense Authorization Request for fiscal year 2022 and the Future Years Defense Program, on Capitol Hill, Thursday, March 25, 2021, in Washington. (Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times via AP, Pool)
4of12U.S. Cyber Command Commander, National Security Agency Director and Central Security Service Chief Gen. Paul Nakasone speaks at a hearing to examine United States Special Operations Command and United States Cyber Command in review of the Defense Authorization Request for fiscal year 2022 and the Future Years Defense Program, on Capitol Hill, Thursday, March 25, 2021, in Washington. (Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times via AP, Pool)Anna Moneymaker/AP
U.S. Cyber Command Commander, National Security Agency Director and Central Security Service Chief Gen. Paul Nakasone speaks at a hearing to examine United States Special Operations Command and United States Cyber Command in review of the Defense Authorization Request for fiscal year 2022 and the Future Years Defense Program, on Capitol Hill, Thursday, March 25, 2021, in Washington. (Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times via AP, Pool)
5of12U.S. Cyber Command Commander, National Security Agency Director and Central Security Service Chief Gen. Paul Nakasone speaks at a hearing to examine United States Special Operations Command and United States Cyber Command in review of the Defense Authorization Request for fiscal year 2022 and the Future Years Defense Program, on Capitol Hill, Thursday, March 25, 2021, in Washington. (Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times via AP, Pool)Anna Moneymaker/AP
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From left seated, Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations And Low-Intensity Conflict Christopher Maier, Special Operations Command Gen. Richard Clarke, U.S. Cyber Command Commander, and National Security Agency Director and Central Security Service Chief Gen. Paul Nakasone attend a hearing to examine United States Special Operations Command and United States Cyber Command in review of the Defense Authorization Request for fiscal year 2022 and the Future Years Defense Program, on Capitol Hill, Thursday, March 25, 2021, in Washington. (Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times via AP, Pool)
7of12From left seated, Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations And Low-Intensity Conflict Christopher Maier, Special Operations Command Gen. Richard Clarke, U.S. Cyber Command Commander, and National Security Agency Director and Central Security Service Chief Gen. Paul Nakasone attend a hearing to examine United States Special Operations Command and United States Cyber Command in review of the Defense Authorization Request for fiscal year 2022 and the Future Years Defense Program, on Capitol Hill, Thursday, March 25, 2021, in Washington. (Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times via AP, Pool)Anna Moneymaker/AP
U.S. Cyber Command Commander, National Security Agency Director and Central Security Service Chief Gen. Paul Nakasone listens during a hearing to examine United States Special Operations Command and United States Cyber Command in review of the Defense Authorization Request for fiscal year 2022 and the Future Years Defense Program, on Capitol Hill, Thursday, March 25, 2021, in Washington. (Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times via AP, Pool)
8of12U.S. Cyber Command Commander, National Security Agency Director and Central Security Service Chief Gen. Paul Nakasone listens during a hearing to examine United States Special Operations Command and United States Cyber Command in review of the Defense Authorization Request for fiscal year 2022 and the Future Years Defense Program, on Capitol Hill, Thursday, March 25, 2021, in Washington. (Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times via AP, Pool)Anna Moneymaker/AP
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U.S. Cyber Command Commander, National Security Agency Director and Central Security Service Chief Gen. Paul Nakasone speaks during a hearing to examine United States Special Operations Command and United States Cyber Command in review of the Defense Authorization Request for fiscal year 2022 and the Future Years Defense Program, on Capitol Hill, Thursday, March 25, 2021, in Washington. (Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times via AP, Pool)
10of12U.S. Cyber Command Commander, National Security Agency Director and Central Security Service Chief Gen. Paul Nakasone speaks during a hearing to examine United States Special Operations Command and United States Cyber Command in review of the Defense Authorization Request for fiscal year 2022 and the Future Years Defense Program, on Capitol Hill, Thursday, March 25, 2021, in Washington. (Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times via AP, Pool)Anna Moneymaker/AP
Special Operations Command Gen. Richard Clarke, center, accompanied by Acting Assistant Secretary Of Defense For Special Operations And Low-Intensity Conflict Christopher Maier, left, and U.S. Cyber Command Commander, National Security Agency Director and Central Security Service Chief, Gen. Paul Nakasone, right, speaks at a hearing to examine United States Special Operations Command and United States Cyber Command in review of the Defense Authorization Request for fiscal year 2022 and the Future Years Defense Program, on Capitol Hill, Thursday, March 25, 2021, in Washington.
11of12Special Operations Command Gen. Richard Clarke, center, accompanied by Acting Assistant Secretary Of Defense For Special Operations And Low-Intensity Conflict Christopher Maier, left, and U.S. Cyber Command Commander, National Security Agency Director and Central Security Service Chief, Gen. Paul Nakasone, right, speaks at a hearing to examine United States Special Operations Command and United States Cyber Command in review of the Defense Authorization Request for fiscal year 2022 and the Future Years Defense Program, on Capitol Hill, Thursday, March 25, 2021, in Washington.Andrew Harnik/AP
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Cyber Command conducted more than two dozen operations aimed at preventing interference in last November's presidential election, the general who leads the Pentagon's cyber force said Thursday.

Gen. Paul Nakasone, in prepared remarks to the Senate Armed Services Committee, did not describe those operations, so it was not immediately clear whether these were efforts strictly at defending the United States against intrusions or offensive measures to shut down intruders. He said his command's operations were designed “to get ahead of foreign threats before they interfered with or influenced our elections in 2020.”

A U.S. intelligence assessment released last week said that neither Russia nor any other nation manipulated votes or conducted cyberattacks that affected the outcome of the vote.

Nakasone's appearance before the committee comes as the U.S. is grappling with major cyber intrusions, including a breach by Russian hackers that exploited supply chain vulnerabilities to access federal government agencies and private companies.

Nakasone said Cyber Command and the National Security Agency are helping plan the Biden administration's response to the SolarWinds intrusion and that “policymakers are considering a range of options, including costs that might be imposed by other elements of our government."

Separately, the U.S. is responding to a breach that affected thousands users of Microsoft's email server software.

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