Microsoft has warned that hackers with ties to Russia, China and Iran are targeting the US 2020 presidential election.
Microsoft revealed in its blog post that foreign activity groups have stepped up their efforts targeting the 2020 election as had been anticipated.
Interestingly, Russian hackers from the Strontium group are back in the news again. The group was primary responsible for the attacks on the Democratic presidential campaign in 2016 as well.
Similar to what the software giant observed in 2016, Strontium is launching campaigns to harvest people’s log-in credentials or compromise their accounts, presumably to aid in intelligence gathering or disruption operations.
Microsoft further disclosed that many of Strontium’s targets in this campaign are “directly or indirectly affiliated with the upcoming U.S. election as well as political and policy-related organizations in Europe.”
These targets include: U.S.-based consultants serving Republicans and Democrats; Think tanks such as The German Marshall Fund of the United States and advocacy organizations; National and state party organizations in the U.S.; and The European People’s Party and political parties in the UK.
The blog post also said that Zirconium, operating from China, has attacked high-profile individuals associated with the election. These include people associated with the Joe Biden for President campaign and prominent leaders in the international affairs community.
Further, the post added that Iranian group known as Phosphorous has attempted to access the personal or work accounts of individuals involved with the U.S. presidential election.