Microsoft uncovers more Russian attacks ahead of midterms

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FILE – In this Nov. 7, 2017, file photo, an unidentified man is silhouetted as he walks in front of Microsoft logo at an event in New Delhi, India. Microsoft says it’s committing to giving users worldwide the same data and privacy rights being offered to Europeans under new regulations there. That means no matter […]

Microsoft says it has uncovered new Russian hacking attempts targeting U.S. political groups ahead of the midterm elections.
    
The company said Tuesday that a hacking group tied to the Russian government created fake internet domains that appeared to spoof two conservative organizations: the Hudson Institute and the International Republican Institute.
    
There’s no sign the hackers were successful in getting anyone to click on the fake websites.  Both think-tanks said their global pro-democracy work has previously made them targets.
    
Microsoft obtained court approval last year allowing it to seize certain fake domains created by the hacking group, which it calls Strontium.
    
A similar Microsoft discovery led Missouri Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, who’s running for re-election, to reveal last month that Russian hackers tried unsuccessfully to infiltrate her Senate computer network.
    
 

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