Russian Hackers Targeting Senate Ahead Of 2018 Midterms

The Russian hacking group that targeted the DNC in 2016 is planning another cyber attack, this time against the Senate, reports the Associated Press.

Why it matters: The cyber campaign, spearheaded by a group known as “Fancy Bear,” is preparing to once again influence public opinion by hacking the emails of America’s politicians, says cybersecurity firm Trend Micro. The firm says they’ve discovered a number of suspicious-looking websites designed to mimic the look of the Senate’s internal email system.

Hacquebord said he based his report on the discovery of a clutch of suspicious-looking websites dressed up to look like the U.S. Senate’s internal email system. He then cross-referenced digital fingerprints associated with those sites to ones used almost exclusively by Fancy Bear, which his Tokyo-based firm dubs “Pawn Storm.”

Trend Micro previously drew international attention when it used an identical technique to uncover a set of decoy websites apparently set up to harvest emails from the French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron’s campaign in April 2017. The sites’ discovery was followed two months later by a still-unexplained publication of private emails from several Macron staffers in the final days of the race. Hacquebord said the rogue Senate sites — which were set up in June and September of 2017 — matched their French counterparts.


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