Threat Watch

Russian Hackers Linked to Attacks on U.S. Senate and Think Tanks

Microsoft announced that they have found evidence that hackers tied to the Russia government are responsible for cyber-attacks on the U.S. Senate and conservative American think tanks.  The hackers utilized six different domains that mimic sites belonging to the target websites.  The malicious sites prompted users to enter their login credentials so that they could be harvested by the attackers.  Microsoft has taken control of the six domains and has taken them offline.  The Kremlin has responded to these allegations by claiming that they have no knowledge of any cyber-attacks that have taken place against the U.S. and that they “don’t understand what the proof and the basis is for them drawing these kinds of conclusions.” Statements like these have become the standard Russian response to cyber-attacks no matter who the victim has been.