Microsoft: the Russian hackers trying to infiltrate European think tanks

Microsoft suggested a campaign connected with Russia to hack European think tanks.
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Microsoft said on Wednesday that they have identified an online campaign by a group affiliated with the Russian military to interfere with the European think tanks who are critical of the Kremlin.

The spear-phishing operation, which is referred to as a Fancy Bear, and APT28, and Strontium — oriented staff of the German Council for Foreign Relations and European offices of The Aspen Institute and The German Marshall Fund, Microsoft writes in a blog post.

The attacks happened in the last three months of 2018, the company said.

In the spear-phishing attacks, hackers trick employees with a phony e-mails that allow them to gain access to the computer systems of the companies. Microsoft says more than 100 employees.

The cyber-attacks were carried out by a group within the Russian intelligence service, who mingled in the 2016 election, the Washington Post reported.

They illustrate Russia’s continued efforts to interfere with democracies outside their borders, Microsoft, wrote in the blog post.

Click here to read more in The New York Post, where this story was first published.

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