US Presidential Campaign was targeted by Iran Phosphorous Cyber Attack

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Microsoft issued a surprising statement on Friday last week that an Iranian hacking group named Phosphorous has carried out a cyberattack on the US Presidential Campaign between Aug and Sept this year and did manage to compromise some of the email accounts.

The tech giant confirmed that some American Government Officials, Journalists, prominent Political leaders were victimized in a 30-day period time frame attacked 2700 times and compromising over 241 accounts.

Iran’s Phosphorous Hacking Group also named APT 35, Charming Kitten and Ajax Security Team reportedly works for Iranian Intelligence and has a history of infiltrating government networks of adversaries in the past.

Now, the latest alert suggests that the group is eyeing the upcoming 2020 US elections and might influence the results to a certain extent.

Earlier, in early 2017 there were a lot of media speculations that the US 2016 elections were rigged in favor of the current president Donald Trump and Russian Intelligence was directly involved in this activity. FBI and CIA confirmed this news on a joint note till early Jan’19.

Later when Trump took the oath as a president he just warded off the speculations as a political witch hunt drafted by some Yellow Journalists led media outlets.

Note- Microsoft claims that its digital crimes unit has taken all necessary measures to combat phosphorus attacks.

Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security