İrem UZUN -TDO- Hackers with ties to Russia, China and Iran are attempting to spy on people and groups involved with the U.S. 2020 presidential election, Microsoft says. The tech firm said Russian group which hacked the 2016 Democratic campaign is again involved in cyber-attacks. It said it was "clear that foreign activity groups have stepped up their efforts" targeting the election.
Microsoft said the Russians' tactics had evolved since 2016 and include likely automated "brute force" attacks. The report said the Russian group had targeted more than 200 organizations, many, Microsoft said, "are directly or indirectly affiliated with the upcoming U.S. election as well as political and policy-related organizations in Europe." Microsoft did not specify the number of organizations targeted by Chinese and Iranian groups. Chinese hackers targeted Vice President Joe Biden's campaign and at least one person formerly associated with President Donald Trump's administration. And between May and June of this year, Microsoft said, Iranian hackers tried to log into the accounts of Trump administration officials and Trump campaign staff. "What we've seen is consistent with previous attack patterns that not only target candidates and campaign staffers but also those who they consult on key issues," Microsoft said.
Microsoft also told that most of the cyber-attacks had not been successful. CNN reported that the report came a day after a whistleblower at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security alleged he was put under pressure to downplay the threat of Russian interference in the election as it "made the president look bad".