Russia, China, and Iran hackers target US 2020 presidential election. According to Microsoft, The Russian hackers who breached the 2016 Democratic campaign are again involved. Microsoft said it was “clear that foreign activity groups have stepped up their efforts” targeting the election.
Both President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden’s campaigns are in the cyber-raiders’ sights.
Russian hackers from the Strontium group have targeted more than 200 organizations. Many of those groups are linked to US political parties, Microsoft announced.
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The same cyber-attackers also targeted British political parties, Microsoft stated, without specifying which ones.
Russia, China, and Iran target US 2020 Presidential Elections
“Similar to what we observed in 2016, Strontium is launching campaigns to harvest people’s log-in credentials or compromise their accounts, presumably to aid in intelligence gathering or disruption operations,” said Tom Burt, a Microsoft vice-president in charge of customer security and trust.
“What we’ve seen is consistent with previous attack patterns that not only target candidates and campaign staffers but also those they consult on key issues,” Burt said.
“These activities highlight the need for people and organizations involved in the political process to take advantage of free and low-cost security tools to protect themselves as we get closer to election day.”