Google claimed that the hackers they hit the Trump and Biden campaigns, although they found no evidence of successful phishing attempts.
The company confirmed the results after its analysis team director Shane Huntley revealed the fact on his Twitter profile.
Huntley said a Chinese group known as “Hurricane Panda“It targeted the employees of Trump’s election campaign. Meanwhile, an Iranian group known as “Charming KittenHe had attempted to violate the reports of workers in the Biden campaign. Such phishing attempts typically involve counterfeit emails with links designed to collect passwords or infect devices with malware.
The effort was aimed at hitting him staff email account in both campaigns, according to the company’s statement. Google said it sent a normal attack warning to targeted users and reported the incidents to federal law enforcement agencies.
Graham Brookie, director of the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab, called the announcement “an important disclosure of cyber influence.” Knowing that hackers have hit the Trump and Biden campaigns is good for understanding how technology can influence important results. Brookie, in a tweet, referred to the Russian hacking of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. We had subsequently witnessed online publication of internal emails.
Neither Biden nor Trump said how many staff members received the Google warning. It is not known even when the attempts took place or if the phishing was successful. Both campaigns have been extremely reticent in discussing cyber security. Those responsible for Trump’s campaign said they were cybersecurity vigilants, but did not mention their precautions to attack. While Biden’s staff didn’t even confirm the attack.
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Hurricane Panda, also known to security researchers like Zirconium or APT31, is famous for focusing on intellectual property theft. Instead, it appears that Charming Kitten, known as the Newscaster and APT35, targeted officials and companies from the U.S. and Middle East government to espionage.
In October, Microsoft claimed that Iranian hackers had targeted a U.S. presidential campaign and that the New York Times and Reuters had identified the campaign as that of Trump. Campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh had stated that there was no indication that the campaign had been targeted.