Federal officials are warning that “threat actors” may take advantage of the upcoming anniversary of the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, though there are currently no specific or credible threats, according to an intelligence assessment issued Thursday to state and local officials.
“We assess that threat actors will try to exploit the upcoming anniversary of the 6 January 2021 breach of the US Capitol to promote or possibly commit violence,” it reads.
Lone wolves are the highest level of threat to the upcoming anniversary, according to the intelligence assessment.
Additionally, China, Iran and Russia have amplified content regarding the Capitol breach or the upcoming anniversary and continue to spread narratives about US election fraud, according to the intelligence assessment.
“What’s not surprising is that domestic extremists are still fixated on the January 6th events. However, what should give us pause is how nation-state adversaries will use these types of events to create anxiety and fear amongst the American public. Misinformation continues to be a ‘go-to’ tactic to rile up society,” former DHS Assistant Secretary Brian Harrell told CNN.
Last month, DHS counterterrorism chief John Cohen said the department has made changes since last January, noting that DHS is “more focused” on looking at information that’s being introduced or amplified on various threat actor-related platforms.
“We are incorporating that understanding into security and law enforcement planning,” he said at an event held by The George Washington University.
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