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How Microsoft Tackles Russian Hackers—And Why It's Never Enough - WIRED


Early Tuesday, Microsoft announced that last week it seized control of six domains owned by the Russian hacking group Fancy Bear, also known as APT28. The hackers had used the sites to mount midterm election-related phishing campaigns, similar to those Fancy Bear launched during the 2016 United States election season. It's the most prominent, publicly known effort to proactively identify and thwart Russian election hacking efforts—and Microsoft's in a unique position to pull it off.

The newly announced takedowns were just the latest from Microsoft's Digital Crimes Unit, which had previously disclosed that it blocked phishing attempts against three congressional campaigns. While Russia's political hacking in the US has mostly appeared to target Democrats, Microsoft pointed out that this time many of the phishing sites—which impersonated think tanks and some Senate pages—targeted Republican groups that have criticized President Donald Trump's relationship with Russian...(continued)

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