Where is new cybersecurity legislation again?
Courtesy of NYT:
The Russian military intelligence unit that sought to influence the 2016 election appears to have a new target: conservative American think tanks that have broken with President Trump and are seeking continued sanctions against Moscow, exposing oligarchs or pressing for human rights.
In a report scheduled for release on Tuesday, Microsoft Corporation said that it detected and seized websites that were created in recent weeks by hackers linked to the Russian unit formerly known as the G.R.U. The sites appeared meant to trick people into thinking they were clicking through links managed by the Hudson Institute, and the International Republican Institute but were secretly redirected to web pages created by the hackers to steal passwords and other credentials.
Microsoft also found websites imitating the United States Senate, but not specific Senate offices or political campaigns.
The shift to attacking conservative think tanks underscores the Russian intelligence agency’s goals: to disrupt any institutions challenging Moscow and President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.
So to be clear these are conservative groups who do not support Trump and are critical of Putin.
I wonder which one of those positions made them more of a target?
And notice that they were focused on collecting personal data, or Kompromat if you will, that they could then use against those did not play ball with Vlad.
Here is more from Eric Rosenbach, the director of the Defending Digital Democracy project at Harvard University:
“This is another demonstration of the fact that the Russians aren’t really pursuing partisan attacks, they are pursuing attacks that they perceive in their own national self-interest. It’s about disrupting and diminishing any group that challenges how Putin’s Russia is operating at home and around the world.”
The hackers are tasked with going after those who would challenge Putin’s attempts to strengthen Russia’s influence and support those who are in Putin’s good graces.
Such as Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, Senator Rand Paul, and of course his main asset Donald Trump.