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Russian Hackers Trying to Disrupt EU Polls

It is believed that many of these attacks originated from a Russian hacking group

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Russian hackers are targeting European government systems ahead of the EU parliament election in May, according to cybersecurity company FireEye.

In their attempt to gather government information, two state-sponsored hacking groups – APT28, also known as Fancy Bear, and Sandworm — have been sending out phishing emails to officials, Engadget reported on Thursday, citing research from FireEye.

“The groups could be trying to gain access to the targeted networks in order to gather information that will allow Russia to make more informed political decisions, or it could be gearing up to leak data that would be damaging for a particular political party or candidate ahead of the European elections,” FireEye’s Senior Manager of Cyberespionage Analysis, Benjamin Read, said in a statement.

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The hackers use spear phishing, meaning that they pose as partner universities to the target. Pixabay

The Milpitas, California-headquartered firm said the campaigns by the two Russian groups are ongoing, but the firm did not say whether any sensitive data had been linked.

Microsoft last month warned that it detected recent activity targeting democratic institutions in Europe.

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The software giant claimed to have recently detected 104 targeted accounts belonging to organisations, including the German Council on Foreign Relations, The Aspen Institutes in Europe and The German Marshall Fund.

It is believed that many of these attacks originated from a Russian hacking group. (IANS)

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Russian Hackers Can Target 2020 Olympics, Warns Microsoft

The IT major has also recommended that firms should enable a two-factor authentication, learn the warning signs of a phishing attack and enable security alerts about links and files from suspicious websites

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FILE - Microsoft Corp. signage is shown outside the Microsoft Visitor Center in Redmond, Wash.
FILE - Microsoft Corp. signage is shown outside the Microsoft Visitor Center in Redmond, Wash. VOA

Microsoft claimed that it has recently detected Russian hackers are trying to disrupt the 2020 Tokyo Olympics by infiltrating sporting and anti-doping agencies.

The hacking group called Fancy Bear, APT28, or Strontium could impact the 2020 Summer Olympic Games, the tech giant has warned.

Analysts at Microsoft Threat Intelligence Centre also published details of the hacks, which began on September 16 and have so far targeted at least 16 sporting and anti-doping agencies since inception.

“At least 16 national and international sporting and anti-doping organisations across three continents were targeted in these attacks,” Microsoft wrote in a blog post, while providing details of the activity.

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FILE – A sign for Microsoft is seen on a building in Cambridge, Massachusetts, March 18, 2017. VOA

“The methods used in the attacks are similar to those routinely used by (Fancy Bear) to target governments, militaries, think tanks, law firms, human rights organisations, financial firms and universities around the world,” the company added.

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Meanwhile, the tech giant has notified all the organisations that were targeted.

The IT major has also recommended that firms should enable a two-factor authentication, learn the warning signs of a phishing attack and enable security alerts about links and files from suspicious websites. (IANS)