Microsoft believes Russian hackers ‘Fancy Bear’ targeted Biden campaign

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Microsoft identified a suspected hacking group that targeted a company working with Democrat Joe Biden as the exact same Russian-backed unit blamed by the US government for breaking into the campaign of former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, according to sources briefed on Microsoft’s analysis.

The hacking efforts targeted employees at Washington-based SKDKnickerbocker, a campaign strategy and communications business working with 2020 presidential election hopeful Biden as well as other prominent Democrats, over the previous two weeks, the sources stated.

SKDK Vice Chair Hilary Rosen declined to comment. The Biden effort said that it was conscious Microsoft stated a foreign actor had attempted and failed to access “non-campaign Email accounts of individuals affiliated with the campaign.” Microsoft, which has contributed SKDK its evaluation that Russian state-backer hackers targeted at the company, declined to comment.

The Russian hacking group, which many cyber investigators refer to as “Fancy Bear,” is controlled by Russia’s military intelligence agency, according to reports by the US intelligence community published following the 2016 election.

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A individual familiar with SKDK’s answer to the efforts said the hackers failed to access the firm’s networks. “They are well-defended, so there has been no breach,” the person said.

Microsoft believes Fancy Bear is supporting the attacks based on an analysis of the team’s hacking techniques and community infrastructure, one of the sources mentioned.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Raphael Satter, Christopher Bing and Joel Schectman. Editing by Chris Sanders and Alistair Bell.

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