Russian hackers targeting US election campaigns, says Microsoft

11 Sept 2020

Russian hackers targeting US election campaigns, says Microsoft

Microsoft said on Thursday that in 2016 the same Russian military intelligence outfit that hacked the Democrats, have targeted at least 200 organizations including political campaigns and their consultants, tied to the 2020 U.S. election.

In a blog post Tom Burt, a Microsoft vice president, said, “What we've seen is consistent with previous attack patterns that not only target candidates and campaign staffers but also those who they consult on key issues."

He further said that UK and European political groups were also probed. Microsoft security software halted Russian, Chinese and Iranian agents as most of the hacking attempts were done by them, he said.

Trump campaign deputy press secretary Thea McDonald said , "We are a large target, so it is not surprising to see malicious activity directed at the campaign or our staff."