Microsoft has revealed shocking details about hackers planning to sabotage the 2020 US election campaign having ties with Iran, China, and Russia.
It was confirmed by the tech giant that hackers that were involved in breaching the 2015 election campaign for the Donald Trump administration are again trying to interfere with elections this year. Hackers from all these three countries are attempting to get into the online space of different organizations as well as people to get hold of crucial information.
The 2015 election campaign hugely affected Russian hackers and now Iran and China have also stepped in to influence the US elections. Through its website, Microsoft said, “The activity we are announcing today makes clear that foreign activity groups have stepped up their efforts targeting the 2020 election.”
It was further added that campaigns of both the candidates, Joe Biden and Donald Trump, were underscan for the mishap. More than 200 organizations have been targeted by the hackers of the Strontium group and these organizations are some way or the other linked to political affairs be it of the Republicans or the Democrats.
Having said that, the US officials said that though Microsoft has found evidence of attempts to breach the election conduct, they have not been successful in doing so. After looking at the system, no evidence was found to prove that these hackers extracted any information or breached the process.
The firm further confirmed that Biden’s campaign was targeted by the Chinese hackers while Iran has been continuously making attempts at destroying Trump’s election campaign. “What we’ve seen is consistent with previous attack patterns that not only target candidates and campaign staffers but also those they consult on key issues,” Tom Burt, a Microsoft vice-president in charge of customer security and trust said.
On the attack attempts, Trump’s campaign deputy national secretary, Thea McDonalds said that they were expecting such malicious activities as the election campaign is a large target for the hackers and it is no surprise that our staff and the administration will be attacked by them. While Biden’s campaign official said that they were prepared for such attacks since the start of the campaign.
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