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Cybersecurity firm: US Senate in Russian hackers' crosshairs

PARIS - The same Russian government-aligned hackers who penetrated the Democratic Party have spent the past few months laying the groundwork for an espionage campaign against the US Senate, a cybersecurity firm said in a report Friday.

 

The revelation suggests the group often nicknamed Fancy Bear, whose hacking campaign scrambled the 2016 US electoral contest, is still busy trying to gather the emails of America's political elite.

 

"They're still very active -- in making preparations at least -- to influence public opinion again," said Feike Hacquebord, a security
researcher at Trend Micro Inc. who authoered the report. "They are looking for information they might leak later."

 

The Senate Sergeant at Arms office, which is responsible for the upper house's security, declined to comment, but Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse said it was time for US Attorney General Jeff Sessions to return to Congress to say what action had been taken to help ensure lawmakers' digital safety.

 


First published: 01.13.18, 08:27