U.S. Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill, one of the most vulnerable Democrats to be re-elected this year, was attacked by hackers from the Russian government who did not want to jeopardize her Senate computer network.
"Russia continues to engage in cyber warfare against our democracy, McCaskill said in a press release on Thursday night." Although this attack was unsuccessful, it is outrageous that they think they can get away with it. I will not be intimidated. I've said it before, and I'll say it again, [Russian President Vladimir] Putin is a thug and a bully.
The hackers belonging to Russia's military espionage agency GRU have targeted two other candidates to a Microsoft manager, Tom Burt, who spoke at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado last week, and has not identified the candidates. No one was compromised, he said. [McCarthy] McCaskill, who delivered the testimony after the Daily Animal reported on the trial, said McCaskill, a member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Democrat and a member of the Armed Services Committee, criticized President Trump, who seems to underestimate the intelligence agencies' assessment that Russia used the information war to exert influence, seems to be campaigning in 2016.
Only two weeks ago, the Ministry of Justice announced charges against 12 GRU officials for hacking the e-government. Democratic Party mail networks were charged and issued stolen material to influence the election
Top US intelligence officials, including Director Daniel Coats, have warned that the Russians will try again this year.
"Russia was the most aggressive foreign player – no question," Coats said in recent statements at the Hudson Institute. "And they continue their efforts to undermine our democracy."
In Aspen, Burt said the three candidates were attacked with spear-phishing, a common hacking technique to achieve goals that seem to open legitimate e-mails, but tempt victims to click on malware-infected links send them to sites that contain malware – in an effort to obtain user credentials and passwords. He said Microsoft has discovered "a fake Microsoft domain" or a website created by the hackers targeted at spear phishing victims.
"We took this domain and, working with the government, prevented anybody from getting infected by this particular attack," he said.
McCaskill is expected to face Josh Hawley, Missouri's Attorney General and the leading GOP candidate for the Senate seat, in November.