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 new report from Trend Micro a Japanese company that has revealed similar phishing programs that have targeted foreign governments in the past. As the details of the safety report show, activities began in June 2017 and attempted to compromise a legislator's credentials through a phishing site, which should look like the Senate's internal e-mail system.

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 probable links to Russian military intelligence .

Trend Micro describes the nature of the attacks :

"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. "

Last April Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, a prominent voice on The S's Intelligence Committee Enats urged the Senate to introduce " basic cybersecurity practices ", including two-factor authentication to protect its email accounts and other sensitive internal digital systems. The fact that this is not a standard practice on Capitol Hill is at least alarming.

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.



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