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Iran tried to hack at least one presidential candidate

Original article - Jonathan Garber, Fox Business

Iran has attempted to hack at least one 2020 presidential candidate, Microsoft says.

"In a 30-day period between August and September, the Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC) observed Phosphorous making more than 2,700 attempts to identify consumer email accounts belonging to specific Microsoft customers and then attack 241 of those accounts," a Microsoft press release said. "The targeted accounts are associated with a U.S. presidential campaign, current and former U.S. government officials, journalists covering global politics and prominent Iranians living outside Iran."

Microsoft says four accounts were compromised in the attack, none of which were associated with a presidential campaign or current or former government employees.

 

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