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Hackers ‘targeting US mid-term elections’

At least three congressional candidates have been targeted by hackers ahead of the US mid-term elections, according to Microsoft.
Tom Burt, an executive at the firm, made the revelation during a security conference panel in Colorado.
The three candidates appear to have been targeted by phishing attacks, he told the audience.
One cybersecurity expert said the hacking was probably an attempt to “undermine the democratic process”.
US voters will go to the polls on 6 November to elect a swathe of new members of Congress, senators and state governors.
Phishing attacks
The tech giant discovered the apparent foul play after checking fake Microsoft web domains that had been associated with espionage in 2016.
A group exploiting the domains is known by many as “Fancy bear” but has been dubbed “Strontium” by Microsoft.
Some cybersecurity firms, including SecureWorks and Mandiant, believe the hackers are linked to Russian intelligence.
Russia has consistently denied allegations of hacking.
Mr Burt told the Aspen Security Forum attendees: “Earlier this year, we did discover that a fake Microsoft domain had been established as the landing page for phishing attacks and we saw metadata that suggested those phishing attacks were being directed at three candidates who were all standing for election in the mid-term elections.”
In other words, the hackers tried to trick the candidates into visiting a bogus Microsoft web page.
Mr Burt did not name the affected candidates but said they were all potentially “interesting targets from an espionage standpoint”.
He added that the hackers were not successful in accessing the three candidates and that the fake Microsoft domain had been taken down.

Source: BBC

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