Microsoft Claims, Hackers Of Russia, China, And Iran Are Targeting US Presidential Elections

Us Presidential elections are always important and unique every time. But this time, it is unique in the sense that the world is under the pandemic situation. If we say that this year, the globe has been under the state of an emergency, it won’t be wrong.

Hacker involved with Russia, China, and Iran is investigating the groups and people involved in the US presidential election 2020.

The US tech firm claims that Russian hackers involved in the 2016 US Presidential Elections are active again. Microsoft has claimed that foreign activities have stepped in their efforts.

President Donald Trump and Joe Biden’s campaigns are targeted.  Around 200 organizations involved with US Presidential elections have been targeted. Strontium is a Russian Hacker, allegedly affiliated with Russia’s GRU military intelligence service, also known as Fancy Bear, a cyber-attack unit.

However, Russia and China have denied this claim.

Microsoft Statement

Tom Burt, a Microsoft vice-president who is in charge of customer security and trust, said

“Similar to what Microsoft 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,”

They claimed that they have made these cyber-attacks unsuccessful. Microsoft suggested that those directly involved in the presidential election activities should take advantage of free and low-cost security tools.

Microsoft reported that Chinese groups had launched attacks on the personal email accounts of people affiliated with both the Biden campaign and Trump’s Administration.

The Stance Of US Intelligence

In August, The US intelligence community urged that these three countries were actively trying to interfere in the US presidential election 2020.

The reports show that Russia wants to degrade Mr. Biden. In contrast, China and Iran want Mr.Trump to lose the presidential elections.

Biden Statement About The Cyber Attacks

A Biden campaign official said: “We have known from the beginning of our campaign that we would be subject to such attacks and prepared for them.”

Trumps Statement About The Cyber Attacks

Christopher Krebs, The Department of Homeland Security’s top cyber-official, stated that Microsoft’s warning confirmed what the US intelligence community already communicated in August.

US Presidential Elections  2016?

In 2016, US intelligence agencies said that Russia was involved in cyberattacks and fake news stories planted on social media to undermine Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

The personal email of Clinton campaign chair John Podesta’ leaked thousands of emails related to the campaign.

Later on, Facebook also claimed that Russian-backed content sent out around the election reached up to 126 million Americans.


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