Microsoft identified a suspected hacking group targeting a company partnering with Democrat Joe Biden as the same Russia-backed entity accused by the US government of breaking into former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign. This emerges from two sources that were informed about the analysis by Microsoft.
The hacking attempts for the past two months have been directed against employees of Washington-based SKDKnickerbocker, a campaign strategy and communications firm that works with the hopeful 2020 presidential election, Biden and other prominent Democrats.
Hilary Rosen, deputy chairwoman of the SKDK, declined to comment. According to the Biden campaign, Microsoft was aware that a foreign actor had tried and was unable to “access non-campaign email accounts of people connected to the campaign”. Microsoft, which has told SKDK its assessment that Russian hackers have acted against the company, declined to comment.
The Russian hacking group, which many cyber researchers refer to as “Fancy Bear”, is controlled by Russian military intelligence, according to reports by US intelligence agencies released after the 2016 elections.
A person familiar with SKDK’s response to the attempts said the hackers were unable to gain access to the company’s networks. “You are well defended so there was no violation,” said the person.
Microsoft believes Fancy Bear was behind the attacks based on an analysis of the group’s hacking techniques and network infrastructure, one of the sources said.
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