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Russian hacker group reportedly targeted state Democratic parties in repeat of 2016 attacks

The Verge Friday, 30 October 2020
Russian hacker group reportedly targeted state Democratic parties in repeat of 2016 attacksIllustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

A Russian hacking group known as Fancy Bear targeted the emails of Democratic state parties in Indiana and California earlier this year as well as progressive think tanks, Reuters reported. The attempts were apparently not successful and were flagged by Microsoft, according to Reuters, with targets that included the Council on Foreign Relations, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and the Center for American Progress.

The Russian embassy denied the allegations to Reuters, calling it “fake news.”

Fancy Bear has been connected to GRU, a Russian military intelligence agency, and in 2018, the Department of Justice indicted 12 members of GRU for hacking the Clinton campaign and the DNC. Fancy Bear was previously linked to the...
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