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How Microsoft spotted another Russian hacking attempt



How Microsoft spotted another Russian hacking attempt
How Microsoft spotted another Russian hacking attempt

How Microsoft spotted another Russian hacking attempt: On Monday Microsft said they spotted another hacking attempt from Russian groups to hack the political organizations. And that attack came from a group of professional hackers who are working for the Russian government.

Microsoft making a great effort in finding the fake websites, they are not just finding them, they are taking down all those fake websites.

According to Cnet, Microsoft is in a unique position to tackle with these hacking attempts. That’s because its services are the backbone of many workplace email systems, so spoof websites impersonate the company.

The tech giant keeps an eye out for web domains it doesn’t control that pose as Microsoft login or password-reset pages. Such domains are clear sign hackers are trying to fool web users into handing over their usernames and passwords, which the hackers can then use to steal emails and documents.

In the hacking world, this term called phishing where the hacker tries to fool the users by creating a fake web page to steal user’s data.

This is similar to hacking attempt happened in 2016 to John Podesta, then head of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Podesta was using the email services from Gmail and reportedly he received an email where the email was prompting him to enter his username and password. He clicked on that link and hackers made off with a collection of his emails, which were later made public.

This type of attempts are generally very common these days, where hacker design an email that looks original. In layman term, it is called as social engineering. The only way to tackle with these types of attempt is to just ignore them and do nothing as well make sure you checked the full sender address before clicking.

Which groups were targeted?

This time, the hacks targeted the International Republican Institute and the Hudson Institute, both of which count Republican senators among their members, as well as three websites affiliated with the Senate.

The International Republican Institute’s mission is focused on building democracy abroad, and the Hudson Institute fosters conversations on national security and foreign policy.

“We can only assume that this attack was intended to gather information about, and compromise or otherwise disrupt Hudson’s longstanding democracy-promotion programs, and in particular, our initiatives to expose the activities of foreign kleptocratic regimes,” the Hudson Institute said in a statement Tuesday.

The International Republican Institute pointed to the threat of hacking attempts from foreign regimes.

“Cyberattacks have become one of the preferred tools of authoritarians around the world to harass and undermine independent organizations and democratic governments,” the organization’s president, Daniel Twining, said in a statement Tuesday.

How often is Microsoft seeing hacking attempts like this?

The company isn’t finding a hack every day, but it’s taken down a lot of spoof sites.

“We have now used this approach 12 times in two years to shut down 84 fake websites associated with this group,” Microsoft President Brad Smith wrote in a blog post published Monday that details the new hacking effort.

How can political groups — and everyone else — protect themselves?

The first line of defense is to use two-factor authentication. That stops hackers from using your stolen username and password to log in to your accounts.

Two-factor authentication is a login system that requires an extra piece of information, in addition to your username and password. It can be a one-time code generated on an app on your phone or a physical token that connects to your device wirelessly or through the USB port.

Tech companies have a big role to play too. In addition to Microsoft’s efforts to spot and take over spoofing websites, the company’s Outlook service can filter out the fraudulent emails that hacking targets often receive prompting them to click on a link to the fake site.

On Monday, Google security engineer Shane Huntley wrote in a blog post that Google does its best to filter out these phishing emails from Gmail. Google also sends warnings to users it finds are being targeted by a government-backed hacking effort. (Hunt also encouraged users to adopt token-based two-factor authentication if they believe they’re at risk.)

Finally, companies are developing specialized tools for political campaigns and others at risk from this kind of hacking. At the same time it disclosed the Russian hacking attempt, Microsoft said its new AccountGuard tool will protect political organizations’ accounts free of charge. What’s more, secure-messaging companies like Wickr and Signal are working with campaigns to encourage them to keep sensitive messages and documents out of their regular email.

How does this fit into the big picture of election hacking?

All these hacking attempts use the same set of strategies Russians allegedly used in 2016 to sow chaos in the lead-up to the US presidential election.

The 2016 hackers, who US agencies said were under direct orders from Russian president Vladimir Putin, made stolen information public. Other hacking campaigns focused on probing voter registration databases and elections websites for vulnerabilities.

So far in 2018, large troves of emails haven’t been made public, and cybersecurity experts and law enforcement officials haven’t identified any successful hacking attacks.

Beyond hacking, Russians at the Internet Research Agency allegedly ran misinformation and influence campaigns on social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Reddit in 2016.

Many of those activities appear to continue today, and Facebook announced earlier this month that it had identified and taken down 32 accounts, pages, and events affiliated with a coordinated campaign to influence the platform’s users.

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Chris Harrison Tells Fans To Expect A ‘Turbulent’ Season From Pilot ‘Bachelor’ Peter Weber



Chris Harrison Tells Fans To Expect A ‘Turbulent’ Season From Pilot ‘Bachelor’ Peter Weber

Chris Harrison Tells Fans To Expect A ‘Turbulent’ Season From Pilot ‘Bachelor’ Peter Weber: At the start of each new season of The Bachelor, host Chris Harrison perpetually guarantees that it’ll be the foremost dramatic season nonetheless. This season, that stars young pilot Peter Weber, is anticipated to be no completely different. Harrison is telling fans to expect loads of puns and drama with one amongst the foremost common men from Hannah Brown’s season of The Bachelorette, in step with USA these days.

There were loads of jokes related to Weber throughout Brown’s season, most of them having to try and do with windmills. This was as a result of he and Brown infamously slept along in one throughout their fantasy suite date night, as she later discovered to the remainder of the planet. there’ll definitely be loads additional windmill and pilot jokes to return this season, doubtless worked into pick-up-lines by the ladies making an attempt to convert Weber’s heart.

“It’s a awfully sincere, emotional, pun-intended turbulent season,” Harrison aforesaid.

The show’s host went on to explain however this season are going to be notably fascinating as a result of Weber is a lot of mysterious than some World Health Organization have compete the role of the bachelor within the past. He’s not as vocal regarding what he needs.

“You had a bloke World Health Organization very doesn’t have a sort, and had a troublesome time determining specifically what he’s searching for in life. whereas that creates for nice TV, it conjointly makes for a rough ride down the road,” he explained.

Many fans square measure eager to realize what happened with Weber’s injury. although the show hasn’t airy however, the news already skint that the star of the show was burned throughout photography. Weber had a “freak accident” in Central American nation that semiconductor diode to him being hospitalized and even requiring stitches.

While the accident definitely adds to the drama of the show, Harrison admitted that it wasn’t as massive of a deal because it could appear and it didn’t keep him from photography the remainder of the show. As for a way precisely it all goes down, Harrison is remaining tight-lipped. Fans can have to be compelled to wait till Three Kings’ Day, 2020, once the new season premieres to envision what happens.

“While it appeared pretty dramatic and pretty dangerous, it wasn’t that horrifying of associate degree accident. He got some stitches and a bandage and that we touched on. Fans can have to be compelled to expect the particulars. you may ascertain thoroughly what happens, I will tell you that,” he said.

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Khloe Kardashian Clears the Rumors About Tristan Thompson’s Mistress



Khloe Kardashian Clears the Rumors About Tristan Thompson’s Mistress

Khloe Kardashian Clears the Rumors About Tristan Thompson’s Mistress: Socialite Khloe Kardashian took to her Instagram narrative late Tuesday night to deal with rumors that she had been Tristan Thompson’s mistress while he cheated on his pregnant girlfriend, Jordan Craig, reported The Daily Mail.

The Keeping Up With the Kardashians celebrity felt the necessity to explain her side of this story after court records released last week disclosed that Jordan maintained she found out her boyfriend had been cheating on her with Khloe per month later after learning she was pregnant in April of 2016. From the child support petition that Jordan registered in November 2018, Khloe was appointed as Tristan’s mistress.

The 34-year-old mother of one has reacted to the allegations, denying any knowledge of Tristan was in a relationship in the time she started connections with him.

“I’m disappointed that I even feel the need to post this but… I need to say my truth. Take it as you will. My truth is: I met Tristan because HE CHOSE to go on a blind date with me. A mutual friend set us up. After going on some dates, Tristan told me that he had an ex that was pregnant. Obviously, I was reluctant about us continuing to date or start a relationship.”


Khloe continued to mention that Tristan had pleaded with her not to end matters, asserting that his connection with Jordan was over before he fulfilled with the Kardashian sister. She adds that family, friends, and other individuals near the NBA star affirmed the connection was over.

Despite not knowing anything about Tristan’s supposed adultery, Khloe proceeded to apologize for causing some pain and also to plead with any girl who needs to endure as Jordan had.

“Truthfully, from the deepest parts of my soul I am sorry! I’m sorry for any pain that has been created either way. No woman deserves to go through anything like this.”

Along with asserting that Tristan was unfaithful to her, Jordan maintained in the court records that she’d endured pregnancy complications after finding out that her boyfriend had been cheating on her. But she delivered a healthy baby boy, Prince, at December 2016.

Paradoxically, the reality tv star discovered out that Tristan was cheating on her multiple girls only days before giving birth to her daughter Authentic in April of 2018.

Khloe was forgiving toward the basketball player and tried to make their relationship work regardless of the infidelity, but could not last after he had been accused of cheating with her sister Kylie Jenner’s best buddy Jordyn Woods in February of this year.

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Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6 Leaked Download Alert!



Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6 Leaked Download Alert

The final episode of Game of Thrones Season 8 will air this Sunday and fans have warned to download leaked or free episodes from unauthorized websites.

We already reported at the time of episode 4 and 5 that malicious malware has been distributed by name them Game of Thrones Season 8 Downloads free.

Now, it continues several new fake websites has been opened offering free downloads of season’s episode. But most of them are fake and intended to harm users by distributing viruses.

There is only one episodes left for end of season 8 and fans are expecting more intense, epic battle, and deaths. Additionally, what will happen? And what Daenerys will do in the next episode. We also reported that there are several leaks about the final episode, explaining how the season will end. Here you can check them:

Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6 Reddit Leaks
Game of Thrones Season Eight Arya Stark Leak

By using the popularity, bad guys are trying to steal your information.

All fans of Game of Thrones waiting for this moment from 2011, where it first knocks into T.V shows from books. But unfortunately D and D ruined the whole best show and that’s it got 45% rating from the reviews houses it is not even close to previous seasons!

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Besides that, there are some stories also going viral that, after turning Dany into Mad Queen that Jon or may be Arya (with the help of Grey Worm) will kill her in next episode.

Will Arya kill Daenerys with the help of Grey Worm in episode 6
Jon Snow might kill Dany in episode 6


Dany before burning the Kings Landing (Image: HBO)

Security experts have warned that cybercriminals target pirated episodes of Game of Thrones the most. These illegal-to-download Game of Thrones episodes carry the highest risk of containing malware viruses. So if you’re trying to watch Game of Thrones through illicit means then it could leave your computer with a crippling piece of code. The malware threat was revealed by and Kaspersky Lab in a study that was conducted in 2018.



Mariya Fedorova, security researcher at Kaspersky Lab, said: “Other TV shows, such as Stranger Things, WestWorld and Orange is the New Black are not as popular as Game of Thrones. “Nevertheless, they are being used in malware distribution schemes.”

While Sean McGrath, editor of, said: “These are exciting times for television fans.

“Streaming services have shaken things up and we are living through a new golden age of TV programming.

“But our love of television and desire to get things instantly makes us easy targets for those who wish to do us harm.

“Malicious executable files can easily be bound to video files, which means all a user needs to do is start watching a video and their computer could be infected.

“That’s why it’s vital to run quality antivirus software, regardless of platform or operating system.”

So, be safe and play right..!

Let us know what you think about the next episode at @TheYdraft.

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