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Microsoft accused Russia of interference in US elections

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) –¬†Microsoft said on Tuesday that it has recorded Russia’s attempts to influence the upcoming elections to the US Congress in November, the Associated Press reported. The report said that Microsoft determined that “a group of hackers associated with the Russian government created false domains that turned out to be a forgery of two American conservative organizations – the Hudson Institute and the International Republican Institute.”

According to the company, “three more false domains were created in such a way as to create the impression of their belonging to the US Senate.”

At the same time, as the Associated Press notes, “Microsoft has not given more detailed descriptions of false domains.”

President of the company Brad Smith told reporters that “this activity focuses mainly on undermining democracy,” although no one has attempted to enter false sites yet.

“We have no doubt who is responsible,” Smith said.

Microsoft said that the attempts to intervene were carried out by the “hacking group Strontium, also known as Fancy Bear or APT2.”

The agency writes that this group, according to special prosecutor Robert Muller, who is investigating the “Russian trace” in the presidential election of 2016, “is connected with the Main Intelligence Directorate of Russia, known as the GRU.” She also carried out hacker attacks in 2016, the National Committee of the Democratic Party and the campaign of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.