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Sun Jan 14, 2018, 12:48 AM

Russia-linked hackers are trying to infiltrate the Senate, cyber firm says



The suspected Russian hackers accused of breaching the Democratic National Committee and meddling in France’s presidential election are now targeting the U.S. Senate, according to new research.

Since last June, the hacking group known as “Fancy Bear” has been setting up fake websites mimicking the Senate’s login server, hoping to trick Senate staffers into entering their credentials there, according to findings released Friday by the cybersecurity firm Trend Micro.

The tactic, known as “phishing,” suggests that the Kremlin is laying the groundwork for a widespread compromise of Senate employees.

The fake websites were designed to look like the login page for the Senate’s email server, which runs on a Windows platform. The real Senate login page is not publicly accessible and can be reached only when users are on an internal Senate network. But Trend Micro researchers said the phishing campaign makes sense as a preparatory step.


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