Google: Chinese and Iranian hackers targeting Trump, Biden campaigns2020-06-04 17:15 by Daniela
Google's security researchers say state-backed hackers from Iran and China have targeted the Trump and Biden presidential campaigns, respectively. The state-backed actors sent phishing scam attempts to the personal email accounts of campaign staff. According to Google, there are no signs that the attempts were successful, and Google has notified both campaigns.
"Recently TAG (Google's Threat Analysis Group) saw China APT group targeting Biden campaign staff & Iran APT targeting Trump campaign staff with phishing. No sign of compromise," Shane Huntley, the head of TAG, said in a tweet. APT stands for "advanced persistent threat," a label applied to various hacking groups by cybersecurity specialists.
The phishing emails are not the first efforts to target presidential campaigns this year. Microsoft announced in October that an Iranian hacking group known as "Phosphorus" had targeted the email accounts of Trump campaign staffers, but the accounts were not compromised.
Former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) said in February that his campaign had been briefed by U.S. intelligence community officials about Russian efforts to assist his presidential campaign by spreading disinformation.
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