IRANIAN HACKERS TARGETED US 2020 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN


05/10/2019




İrem UZUN -TDO- A hacking group that appears to be linked to the Iranian government targeted a United States 2020 presidential campaign, Microsoft Corp said on Friday. Microsoft saw "significant" activity by the group that also targeted current and former US government officials, journalists covering global politics and prominent Iranians living outside Iran, the company said in a blog post.In a 30-day period between August and September, the group, called "Phosphorous" by the company, made more than 2,700 attempts to identify consumer email accounts belonging to specific customers and then attacked 241 of those accounts.

Hacking to interfere in elections has become a concern for governments especially since US intelligence agencies concluded that Russia ran a hacking and propaganda operation to disrupt the American democratic process in 2016 to help then-Republican candidate Donald Trump become president. Moscow has denied any interference.The Iranian government did not issue an immediate comment through state-run media on Microsoft's statement of any link to Phosphorous.


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