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Microsoft said on Monday that it created seized websites by Russian hackers to imitate a conservative American think-tanks, but redirected visitors to sites where they could be stolen, your passwords.

The New York Times reported that some of the sites that were targeted, were the Hudson Institute and the International Republican Institute, a think-tank, which does not agree with the President of Trump at the end of the Russian sanctions.

Three other fake domains have been designed to look as if they belonged to the U.S. Senate.

Microsoft announced the Hacker group Strontium; others call it “Fancy Bear” or ” APT28. The special counsel, Robert Mueller prosecution, it is bound to Russian main intelligence agency, known as the GRU, and by 2016, the E-Mail hacking-both for the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign.

“The Russians try to interfere and to share,” Brad Smith, Microsoft’s President said, according to the paper. “It is an asymmetric risk here for the democratic society. The type of attacks that we see, from authoritarian regimes such as Russia are looking to break and splinter groups in our society.”

The Washington Post reported that there are fake versions of six sites.

Smith said there is no sign of the hackers were successful to convince anyone to penetrate to the fake websites which have been exposed to could a person computer, hidden surveillance and data theft.

Both the conservative think-tanks said, you have tried to be vigilant about “spear-phishing” email attacks, because of its global pro-democracy work has often drawn the IRE of authoritarian governments.

“We are glad that our work is the attention of the bad actors,” said Hudson Institute spokesman David Say. “It means we have an effect, probably.”

Microsoft announced the Hacker group Strontium; others call it “Fancy Bear” or ” APT28. A charge of US special counsel Robert Müller has, it is bound to Russian main intelligence agency, known as the GRU, and by 2016, the E-Mail hacking-both for the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign.

“We have no doubt in our minds,” who is responsible, Smith said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

 

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