Hackers ‘targeting US mid-term elections’

At least three congressional candidates have been attacked by hackers ahead of US mid-term elections, according to Microsoft.

Tom Burt, an executive of the firm, made the disclosure during a security conference in the panel of Colorado.

The three candidates seem to have been the target of phishing attacks, he told the audience.

A cybersecurity expert said that the piracy was probably an attempt to “undermine the democratic process.”

WE, the voters go to the polls November 6 to choose a strip of the 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 from the exploitation of the domains is known by many as “fancy bear”, but has been nicknamed the “Strontium” by Microsoft.

Some cyber security companies, including SecureWorks and Mandiant, believe that the hackers are linked to the Russian intelligence.

Russia has always denied accusations of piracy.

Mr. Burt said the Aspen Security Forum attendees: “at the beginning of this year, we did discover that a fake Microsoft domain had been set up as the landing page for the phishing attacks and we saw the metadata that suggested that phishing attacks were aimed at the three candidates who were all standing for election in the mid-term elections.”

In other words, the hackers tried to cheat the candidates in the visit of a fake Microsoft web page.

Mr. Burt did not name the affected candidates, but said that all were potential “targets of interest from an espionage point of view”.

He added that the hackers were not successful in the access to the three candidates and that the fake Microsoft domain had been removed.

The hackers may have been attempting to obtain access to the candidates ‘ personal messages or emails, for example, said a cybersecurity expert Professor Alan Woodward at the University of Surrey.

“If you can take emails… you can begin to make people look bad,” he said.

“I think that the main reason is to undermine the democratic process, so that no matter which of the candidates manage to subvert.”

In comments to the press during his visit to Helsinki earlier in the week, the President, Trump said “no” when asked if he thought that Russia continues to interfere in the American elections.

However, his press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that the president had actually answered “no” to a question whether he would be taking more questions.

Last week, the US Director of National Intelligence, said that russia attempts of hacking american targets remained “persistent”, regardless of whether it is the time of the election or not”.

Professor Woodward told the BBC: “Every intelligence agency, including the British, have been told that it is permanent, continuous attack and the finger seems to point to Russia”.