Cybersecurity firm: Hackers plan attack on US Senate

World 1/12/2018, 2:43 PM
Cybersecurity firm: Hackers plan attack on US Senate

For months hackers have been preparing an espionage campaign against the US Senate, AP reported citing a report from cybersecurity firm Trend Micro Inc. The group nicknamed Fancy Bear, that is supposedly connected with Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 US elections, is “making preparations at least to influence public opinion again,” said Feike Hacquebord, a security researcher at Trend Micro Inc.

Hacquebord based his report on a set of suspicious-looking websites designed to look like the US Senate internal email system. It turned out the sites were built by Fancy Bear and are identical to decoy websites apparently set up to collect emails from the French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron’s campaign in April 2017. The discovery of those sites was followed by a still-unexplained publication of private emails from several Macron staffers in the final days of the race.

Trend Micro refused to speculate publicly on who is behind such groups but US intelligence community alleges that Moscow is behind the hacker group.

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