New Russian hacking attempts targeted conservative groups – Microsoft says: Microsoft says it has uncovered new Russian hacking attempts targeting U.S. political groups ahead of the midterm elections.
The company said Tuesday that a hacking group tied to the Russian government created fake internet domains that appeared to spoof two conservative organizations: the Hudson Institute and the International Republican Institute.
There’s no sign the hackers were successful in getting anyone to click on the fake websites. Both think-tanks said their global pro-democracy work has previously made them targets.
Microsoft obtained court approval last year allowing it to seize certain fake domains created by the hacking group, which it calls Strontium.
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A similar Microsoft discovery led Missouri Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, who’s running for re-election, to reveal last month that Russian hackers tried unsuccessfully to infiltrate her Senate computer network.