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Russia-Tied Hackers ‘Fancy Bear’ Allegedly on Attack against World Governments


A cyber-security company, which works independently, reported on January 12 that the hackers' group tied to Russia which infiltrated the systems of Democratic National Committee prior to 2016 U.S presidential elections, again attempted at hacking the e-mail belonging to USA's Senate prior to the elections of 2018 mid-term.


According to Senior Threat Researcher Feike Hacquebord at Trend Micro Inc., an Internet security company based in Tokyo, the hackers' syndicate named Fancy Bear attempted at invading the Senate's electronic mail server during June-September.


The office of Senate Sergeant at Arms that looks after the security of upper house desisted from commenting; however Ben Sasse Nebraska Senate stated that Jeff Sessions Attorney General of USA was expected to come back to Congress for telling about the measures adopted towards making sure there was digital safety of lawmakers. Onlineathens.com posted this online, January 14, 2018.


In the month of April 2017, prominent person Ron Wyden, Senator of Oregon on Intelligence Committee of Senate persuaded the Senate towards embracing fundamental cyber-security practices, especially the dual-factor validation for the protection of its email A/Cs along with the internal digital devices of sensitive nature. Alarmingly, this' not the normal practice followed at Capitol Hill.


ThreatConnect the cyber-security company said that Fancy Bear, by utilizing the same online site as well as the same design form, posted documents during 2016 after stealing them from World Anti-Doping Agency when the agency discovered about several hundred Russian athletes who'd consumed prohibited substances.


Fancy Bear's attack on the Senate during recent months isn't the lone instance. In 2017, according to Trend Micro, Fancy Bear had launched a huge and coordinated assault against Emmanuel Macron the French President-elect's campaign.


After the Democratic Party attack allegedly by the same hackers' syndicate ahead of the United States election, during December last, one Russian hacker asserted he was behind the DNC servers' hack under the directions by the Federal Security Service of Russia. It isn't clear if it's possible to publish any Senate electronic mails in the described manner. Earlier alerts that Fancy Bear might've leaked the correspondences of German lawmakers before 2017 elections seems as giving no concrete information.

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