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Microsoft Warns: China May Use Artificial Intelligence to Meddle in US Presidential Election

In a noteworthy announcement, Microsoft has issued a warning that China might intervene in the upcoming 2024 US presidential elections, as well as in those of South Korea and India, through the use of artificial intelligence-generated content.
This development raises concerns about the potential impact on global politics and emphasizes the evolving nature of technological threats.

The alert from Microsoft comes in the wake of active attempts by Chinese hackers during Taiwan's presidential election at the beginning of January. Although their efforts were ultimately unsuccessful, it offers no assurance against future attempts of interference. The question of whether Joe Biden or Donald Trump will lead the United States is of significant global interest, and the stakes have arguably never been higher.

According to Microsoft's report, China might collaborate with North Korean capacities, allowing hacker groups from both countries to work together on this initiative. The report, as highlighted by *The Guardian*, suggests that, at the very least, hackers might create and disseminate content on social media platforms that serve China's interests with the aid of artificial intelligence.

Currently, the impact of such content is considered minimal but growing, with expectations of encountering not just memes but also video and audio materials across social media platforms.

Notably, China's attempt to run a disinformation campaign during the January Taiwanese presidential election utilized artificial intelligence. This marked the first instance of a state-supported hacker group employing AI in such a manner for election interference in another country.

One of the hacker groups allegedly financed by Beijing, known as Storm 1376, Spamouflage, and Dragonbridge, engaged in activities such as publishing a falsified audio clip about billionaire businessman and presidential candidate Terry Gou on YouTube. Gou, however, withdrew from the race at the last minute. Additionally, William Lai, Taiwan's pro-independence candidate, was actively targeted and accused of embezzlement and fathering an illegitimate child through memes. Despite these attacks, they were ultimately deemed unsuccessful or insufficient, as Lai was elected president of Taiwan.

This revelation underscores the growing threat of artificial intelligence in the realm of cyber interference and suggests a future where the integrity of national elections could be increasingly compromised by foreign entities.

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