Russia/China/Iran: A report released by Microsoft on Thursday confirmed what many have suspected since the 2016 presidential election: hackers haven’t stopped trying to hack U.S. elections, they’ve just shifted tactics. The report states that Russian hackers have moved from targeting organizations tied to the election with spear phishing campaigns to utilizing brute force attacks to log into targeted networks. So far, the Russian hackers have been seen rotating through 1,000 different IP addresses, and have been adding roughly 20 new ones each day. Chinese attackers have been focusing on compromising people rather than organizations and have been tied to approximately 150 compromised personal accounts to date. Chinese hackers have been focusing on utilizing known bugs on websites to target various individuals. Iranian hackers have kept their focus on members of the Trump campaign staff and administration officials between May and June. Some of these hackers are working at odds with each other according to a report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). In a report from August, the ODNI outlines how Russian hackers had worked to sabotage Biden’s campaign, while China was targeting the Trump campaign.
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