Attempted intrusions, many of which were thwarted by Microsoft over the summer, were launched by hackers from the Russian military espionage group “Fancy Bear”, and their activities show how Moscow is trying to intervene in the US election campaign. from November 3, reports Reuters, which cites informed sources.
“Fancy Bear” is not the first such attack. According to a 2018 indictment in the US presidential election four years ago, this group in the GRU was behind the attacks on the e-mail accounts of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s camp.
Targets now identified by Reuters, including the Center for American Progress, the Foreign Relations Council and the Carnegie Foundation for International Peace in Washington, said the Fancey Bear attacks were unsuccessful.
Information about these Russian hacking activities comes after a Microsoft announcement last month, taken over by Reuters, that “Fancy Bear” tried to attack more than 200 organizations, many related to the November 3 elections in the United States. US.
Microsoft did not comment on the information, and Reuters said it could not determine the purpose of the espionage operations. In August, the Office of the U.S. Director of National Intelligence said Russian operations were trying to undermine Democratic candidate Joe Biden’s campaign.
Democratic National Committee spokesman Chris Meagher said it was “no surprise” that a number of foreign actors were trying to intervene in the election.
At the same time, the Russian Embassy in Washington claimed that it was not interfering in the internal affairs of the United States and rejected any connection with “Fancy Bear”.
The FBI declined to comment.