Russian hackers are targeting U.S. Senate email accounts
According to a new report, the same group that hacked the Democratic National Committee actively targeted the U.S. Senate through the latter half of 2017. The revelation comes out of a new report from Trend Micro, a Japanese firm that has revealed similar phishing schemes taking aim at foreign governments in the past. As the security report details, the activity began in June 2017 and attempted to compromise a lawmaker’s credentials through a phishing site designed to look like the Senate’s internal email system.
Trend Micro’s report focuses on the efforts of a hacking group it calls Pawn Storm, an “an extremely active espionage actor group” more commonly known as Fancy Bear. Cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike has deemed the group a “Russian-based threat actor” with likely ties to Russian military intelligence.Trend Micro describes the nature of the attacks:“Beginning in June 2017, phishing sites were set up mimicking the ADFS (Active Directory Federation Services) of the U.S. Senate. By looking at the di...
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