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Russian Hackers Attack 200 US Election-related Organizations
September 12, 2020 13:22


Russian hackers attacked more than 200 organizations associated with the November US presidential elections, Microsoft claims. The  same hackers were named the main ones responsible for the hacking of Hillary Clinton's mail in the report of the special attorney Mueller about "Russian interference" in the 2016 elections.

The Russian hacker group Strontium has attacked more than 200 organizations in the United States, one way or another connected with the country's presidential elections, which are scheduled for November, Microsoft said. According to it, both Donald Trump's supporters and his Democratic rival Joe Biden were attacked. The attacks were carried out on political campaigns, lobby groups, parties and political consultants, Microsoft writes. The rest of the hacking attempts were aimed at businesses in the fields of tourism, entertainment, manufacturing, finance and security. Reuters wrote the day before that the SKDKnickerbocker consulting company, which helped Biden's campaign, was attacked.

Strontium was mentioned in a report by Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller, who was investigating "Russian interference" in the 2016 US presidential election. The group was named most responsible for the attacks on the Democratic campaign. Then the servers of the Democratic Party were hacked, as a result of which the correspondence of several party members, including Trump's rival Hillary Clinton, was published. Strontium is also known as APT28 and Fancy Bear.

Microsoft already came across Strontium in 2018. As in 2016, Strontium is trying to steal account login information, presumably to aid intelligence gathering or special operations, Microsoft points out. But it notes that Strontium has made significant advances over the years, both technologically and tactically. Whereas in 2016 they relied on common fishing to trick their identities and passwords, they now rely on powerful attacks, which they also automated. They hide their activities, using more than 1000 constantly changing IP addresses, and add and remove about 20 IPs a day, Microsoft says.

"The [hackers'] actions show that overseas groups are stepping up their electoral efforts, as expected," the company said. It also recorded an increase in hacker activity in China and Iran.

Mueller's investigation revealed the involvement of Russian hackers in hacking the Democrats, as well as the participation of "troll factories" from Russia in the "disunity" of Americans before the elections on social networks. The investigation did not confirm the collusion of Donald Trump with the Russian authorities. Moscow rejects accusations of interference in the US elections.   


Author: Anna Dorozhkina

Tags: Russian hackers Russia International    

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