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Iranian hackers targeted US presidential campaign (Microsoft)

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Microsoft announced that it has detected an activity by a hacker group believed to be linked to Iranian authorities, targeting the presidential campaign in the United States.

Microsoft said in its official blog on Friday that it detected “significant” activity by the “Phosphorus” during 30 days in August and September, when the group made more than 2,700 attempts to identify e-mail addresses of specific users, and then attacked 241 of them.

The “cyber” attacks that affected the current and former government officials in the United States, journalists and prominent social figures of Iranian origin, living outside Iran.

The company said that the group “Phosphorus” used the information obtained to penetrate some accounts on various sites.

Microsoft did not say which campaigns had been the target of cyber attacks, nor did it identify the candidate or candidates it targeted.

On the other hand, sources told “Reuters” that the hackers linked to Iran tried to target the campaign of the current US President, Donald Trump, but their attempts did not succeed.

“We don’t have any evidence that our campaign infrastructure is being targeted,” said Tim Murtu, communications director for the Trump campaign.

It is noteworthy that “Microsoft” has been following the activity of the group “Phosphorus” for hackers since 2013, and announced in March last year the issuance of a judicial censorship on 99 sites used by the group to launch attacks.

Iran did not immediately comment on what Microsoft announced, nor did it comment on its alleged relationship with the group.

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