Microsoft says Russian hackers are once again targeting the US election


Microsoft says hackers have tried to spy on individuals and groups involved in the 2020 US presidential election.

Microsoft says Russian hackers are once again targeting the US election


According to the tech firm, the Russian group that hacked the Democratic campaign in 2016 is again involved in cyber-attacks.

It said most intrusion attempts by Russian, Chinese and Iranian agents were thwarted by Microsoft's security software and its reported targets.

Microsoft vice president Tom Burt said in a blog post, "What we've seen is a pattern of previous attacks that target not only candidates and campaign staff, but also those who have important issues." Consult. "

The company will not comment on whether it has been successfully hacked or its effects.

Microsoft has not figured out which foreign opponent is the biggest threat to the integrity of the November presidential election.

The consensus among cyber security experts is that the Russian intervention is a graveyard.

Senior Trump administration officials have disagreed, though without providing any evidence.

"This is the 2016 actor, potentially doing business as usual," said John Hultquist, director of intelligence analysis at Fire Eye, the world's largest cyber security company.

"We believe that the Russian military intelligence poses the greatest threat to the democratic process."

Microsoft Post reports that Russian military intelligence continues to pursue election-related goals through US accusations, sanctions and other retaliatory measures.

It interfered in the 2016 election campaign by hacking into emails from Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's campaign manager John Podesta to benefit the Trump campaign, and embarrassing Congress and FBI investigators. Content thrown online.

The same GRU Military Intelligence Unit, called Fancy Bear, is also behind Microsoft's current election-related activity, which in 2016 added to the voter registration database in at least three states. However, there is no evidence that he tried to interfere in the voting.


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