In a blog post, Microsoft elaborated on the threat posed by international cyber groups operating ahead of the upcoming election. The post read: “In
In a blog post, Microsoft elaborated on the threat posed by international cyber groups operating ahead of the upcoming election. The post read: “In recent weeks, Microsoft has detected cyberattacks targeting people and organisations involved in the upcoming presidential election, including unsuccessful attacks on people associated with both the Trump and Biden campaigns.
“We have and will continue to defend our democracy against these attacks through notifications of such activity to impacted customers, security features in our products and services, and legal and technical disruptions.
“The activity we are announcing today makes clear that foreign activity groups have stepped up their efforts targeting the 2020 election as had been anticipated, and is consistent with what the US government and others have reported.
“We also report here on attacks against other institutions and enterprises worldwide that reflect similar adversary activity.”
The company reported that Strontium, a Russia-based group has targeted more than 200 entities.
The organisations attacked include political campaigns and advocacy groups.
Another group located in China, Zirconium, “attacked high-profile individuals associated with the election”.
Zirconium also targeted Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
Phosphorus, operating from Iran attacked entities linked with US President Donald Trump’s campaign.
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It added that the “activities highlight the need for people and organisations involved in the political process to take advantage of free and low-cost security tools to protect themselves as we get closer to election day.”
But Microsoft is not the first tech entity to raise concerns of hacking threats to the presidential campaigns.
A senior Google security official warned that state-backed hackers from China have targeted Mr Biden’s campaign staff, whilst Iran hackers targeted Mr Trump’s.
In tweets posted earlier this year, Shane Huntley, the head of Google’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG) said: “Recently TAG saw China APT (Advanced Persistent Threat) group targeting Biden campaign staff & Iran APT targeting Trump campaign staff with phishing.