According to a new report, the same group that hacked the Democratic National Committee actively attacked the US Senate in the second half of 2017. The revelation comes from a
Trend Micro focuses on the efforts of a hacker group called Pfand Storm, an "extremely active spy-actor group," better known as Fancy Bear. The cybersecurity company CrowdStrike considers the group to be a "Russian threat actor" with
Trend Micro describes the
"In early June 2017, phishing sites were set up to mimic US Senate Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) Looking at fingerprints of these phishing sites and comparing them to a large dataset that spans nearly five years, we can clearly link them to some Pawn Storm incidents in 2016 and 2017.
The real ADFS server of The US -Senat is unreachable on the open Internet, but phishing user data on an ADFS server behind a firewall still makes sense, as if an actor were already gaining ground in an organization after compromising a user account Helping him to get closer to celebrity users. "
While there is a tendency to speak of DNC hacking and Russian disinformation efforts in the past tense, we learn from Trend Micro. The report underscores the active, ongoing nature of the threats to US political systems – one that has not yet begun will escalate in the run-up to the US mid-term elections in 2018.
SOURCES: TECHCRUNCH.COM GSMARENA.COM MACRUMORS.COM
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