REPORT: Iranian attacks expose vulnerability of campaign email accounts
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A recent hacking attempt by Iran targeting a U.S. presidential campaign highlighted the vulnerability of email accounts heading into the 2020 elections.
Microsoft revealed last week that it had tracked an Iranian group named “Phosphorus” attempting to access the email accounts of an unnamed presidential campaign, along with accounts tied to journalists and former and current U.S. officials.
The article goes on to state the following:
While the group compromised only four accounts, it identified 2,700 accounts for targeting and attacked 241 of them. The accounts associated with the unnamed presidential campaign, which Reuters identified as the Trump campaign, were not successfully compromised.
Today, @TomBurt45 shared that we’ve recently seen significant cyber activity by a threat group we call Phosphorus.
Read more about the attacks we’ve spotted and how you can protect yourself: https://t.co/DHXWo9t8sW 🔒
— Microsoft On the Issues (@MSFTIssues) October 4, 2019
“The targeted accounts are associated with a U.S. presidential campaign, current and former U.S. government officials, journalists covering global politics and prominent Iranians living outside Iran” https://t.co/B35zrNtfbQ
— Chris Bing (@Bing_Chris) October 4, 2019
— The Hill (@thehill) October 8, 2019
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