Biden Campaign Firm Hit by Suspected Kremlin Hacking Attack

dublinbay z6 (KS)

Thank goodness for good IT help!

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"Intelligence officials have long been warning that Russian agents will inevitably try to interfere in the 2020 campaign—now some appear to have been caught targeting a key Biden campaign firm.

Reuters reported Thursday morning that suspected Russian state-backed hackers have attempted to breach the systems at Washington-based SKDKnickerbocker, a strategy and communications firm working hand-in-glove with Joe Biden’s campaign. The attacks, which took place over the past two months, were unsuccessful.

The failed hacking attempt was brought to SKDK’s attention by Microsoft, which reportedly gathered information identifying hackers linked to the Kremlin as the most likely suspects. . . .

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A person familiar with SKDK’s repelling to the hacking attempts said the agents didn’t get very far, telling Reuters: “They are well-defended, so there has been no breach.” . . .

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It’s not the first time Microsoft has managed to thwart suspected Russian government hackers—in 2017, the software maker identified over 120 new targets of the Kremlin’s cyber spying by suing the notorious hacker group known as Fancy Bear. Microsoft’s legal action led to the seizure of 70 command-and-control servers the hackers used to covertly direct malware on victim computers.

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U.S. intelligence officials briefed House lawmakers as early as last February that Russian actors were already interfering in the 2020 elections, once more to the benefit of Trump. . . .

Earlier this month, intelligence officials publicly confirmed their belief that Russia is using a range of techniques to damage Biden and, last week, the FBI stepped in to warn Facebook that Russia’s troll farm was parading as a nonprofit news organization in an attempt to promote criticism of Biden from the left.

The Department of Homeland Security has also discovered a Russian plot spreading disinformation about Biden’s mental health—a reoccurring theme of Trump’s attacks on his rival.

Biden said last Friday that . . . “There are a lot of countries around the world I think would be happy to see our elections destabilized. But the one who’s working the hardest most consistently and never has let up is Russia.”


https://news.yahoo.com/biden-campaign-firm-hit-suspected-103751269.html

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It is somewhat reassuring that "someone" is watching out for and repelling such breaches.

Kate

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Joaniepoanie

Are voting machines next?

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Annie Deighnaugh

Maybe but I suspect voter registration lists will be more effective...a real way to block the vote of those most likely to vote for biden.

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elvis

Excellent work, kudos to Microsoft!

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Izzy Mn(4)

So it is Russia, rather than Ukraine, as trump tried to maintain, at the end of last year are the hackers. Remember when Putin said they didn't do this and Trump believed him over the his own intelligence? So now we know (as most believe) there really are Russia hackers.

Trump administration has been trying to block information that Russia, not just China and Iran are trying to interfere with our election. Why trump why would you want to do this? (Rhetorical question)

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vgkg Z-7 Va(Z-7)

The russians have run out of wikileaks leaks to cover for the trumpisms within 24 hours like they did back in 2016, so it looks like they're trying to find some Biden emails to leak again now like donald told them to do back then. Hey russia, are you listening? You will be mightily rewarded > by trump.


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Gooster(9)

The signs continue to point to some form of Trump Kompromat

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Izzy Mn(4)

Kompromat why won't Trump stand up to Russia

https://youtu.be/sQ8dXFaVHDE

From 2 years ago. Still relevant.

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batyabeth

so, elvis, according to your post you

a) believe it's real and not fake news that Russia has its hands in US election shenanegans and is illegally interfering; b) that the pres has known about it all along, from before 2016 to be exact; c) that when asked about this blatant interference, the pres has consistently and provably lied - about both knowing about it, and admitting to disbelieving US intelligence information instead of Russian "explanations" and disavowals of complicity; d) that proof of such interference is verifiable and trustworthy; e) that the pres has been reaping the rewards of such illegalities with no qualms; and f) that the provable, verifiable and ongoing illegal Russian actions are not fake news, a hoax, a democrat plot, nor an act by the press to smear him.

Have I got this right?


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Lars(Z11a (coastal L.A.) and Z9a (desert))

The thing about Trump is that you cannot dig up any dirt about him that would be worse than what is already common knowledge. Remember his 5th Avenue comment. Only ethical candidates have to worry about baseless propaganda.

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Annie Deighnaugh

Actually, Lars, I think the biggest evidence against him is still in hiding...his finances and taxes. I think they will find his money laundering for the russian oligarchs and his deep debt owed to them through Deutsche Bank which loaned him literally billions when no other bank would. There's a reason he's so desperate to keep that info under wraps.

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