Microsoft: Russia attempted hack of Senate, conservative think tanks

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August 21, 2018

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Microsoft on Tuesday announced that it had shut down six websites created by hackers linked to Russia’s military, the latest sign of potential foreign interference ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

The websites targeted the conservative think tanks the Hudson Institute and the International Republican Institute as well as the U.S. Senate. Microsoft said the Senate domains targeted “are not specific to particular offices” or senators.

Microsoft said the false sites were created by “Fancy Bear,” a group linked to the Russian Intelligence agency GRU that was also behind the hack of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in 2016.

The domains, Microsoft said, were altered to appear similar to its own services in an attempt to possibly trick U.S. users into providing their personal information to hackers.

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