Microsoft: Russian, Iranian, Chinese Hackers Are Targeting Trump, Biden Camps
The Microsoft Corporation announced on Thursday that hackers linked to the governments of Russia, China, and Iran are trying to spy on people tied to the election campaigns of President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden.
According to NBC News, Microsoft's vice president of customer security and trust, Tom Burt, wrote in a blog post published Thursday that the company's cybersecurity experts had recently seen an uptick in hackers' targeting election campaigns of president Trump and his challenger Joe Biden.
“In recent weeks, Microsoft has detected cyberattacks targeting people and organizations involved in the upcoming Presidential election," Burt wrote.
According to Burt, Russia had targeted over 200 organizations, many of which were in some way affiliated with the US election or European policy, including consultants to both major US parties and think tanks.
Microsoft also found that there had been a particular uptick in recent weeks of Russian groups' trying to use old username and password combinations against nearly 7,000 accounts, some of them election-related, from August 18 to September 3. None were successful.
Burt also mentioned that separately, "an activity group" operating from Iran had "unsuccessfully attempted to log into the accounts of Administration officials and Donald J. Trump for President campaign staff" in May and June.
Thea McDonald, deputy national press secretary for President Trump’s campaign, said in an email that it was "not surprising to see malicious activity directed at the campaign."
"We work closely with our partners, Microsoft and others, to mitigate these threats. We take cybersecurity very seriously and do not publicly comment on our efforts," McDonald said.
Jamal Brown, Biden's press secretary, also noted in an email: "We have known from the beginning of our campaign that we would be subject to such attacks and we are prepared for them.”