BREAKING: Russian Hackers Busted Interfering In Upcoming U.S. Election (DETAILS)

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Haven’t the Russians done enough? From hacking the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to all of the speculated behind-the-scenes immoral if not illegal activities with Trump’s camp during the campaign – one would like to believe they’ve had enough and have moved onto a new target.

Sadly, as reported Friday, this isn’t the case.

Trend Micro, a cybersecurity firm broke the news that the Russian hacking group known as “Fancy Bear” are targeting the United States Senate, launching a new espionage campaign meant to cripple and undermine American democracy even further. The Tokyo-based Trend Micro highlighted that its discovery came in the form of a chain of suspicious-looking websites meant to look like the United States internal emailing system. The intent, they allege, is for American senators to mistakenly try to use their platforms to send internal emails, providing them access to all of that information. The sites are a part of a larger email-harvesting operation and Fancy Bear has previously been linked to Russian military intelligence agency, the GRU. This is the very same group who were implicated in the hack of the DNC in 2016.

Trend Micro reported that this email-harvesting tactic with these websites is “identical” to the espionage campaign carried out against the French President, Emmanuel Macron during the French elections last year. One month after the election in France, Macron’s emails were made public causing significant controversy and a looming sense of insecurity throughout the country.

The firm wrote:

‘This is exactly the way they attacked the Macron campaign in France. We are 100 percent sure that it can be attributed to the Pawn Storm group.’

In 2015 and 2016, the Associated Press reported that a number of congressional staffers specifically within the Senate had been targeted by malicious actors, including a top advisor to Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. It is unknown at this time if their email-harvesting efforts have yielded any results, but surely the American public will be made well aware in due time if they were able to gather any intelligence of worth.

The websites were established in June and September of 2017, meaning there certainly is the potential for a leak of critical information to the Russians. Another known component of their larger email-harvesting operation is the targeting of Olympic organizations which is believed to be occurring concurrently with the Senate targeting attacks. These attempts were discovered Wednesday, just weeks before the 2018 Winter Olympic Games are set to begin in South Korea and saw the group pretending to be from the World Anti-Doping Agency, the United States Anti-Doping Agency and the Olympic Council of Asia.

However, there is more uncertainty with regard to these Olympic threats, as identified by the cybersecurity firm dealing with them:

‘These suspicious domains have consistencies with other previously identified Fancy Bear infrastructure and raise the question of a broader campaign against the upcoming 2018 winter games. At this time, we cannot confirm whether these domains have been used maliciously nor definitively tie them to Fancy Bear without additional data.’

President Donald Trump’s support of the Russians and exclamations that the DNC hacking was preposterous last year caused a massive rift between his administration and the American intelligence community as he spoke with a perspective completely opposite to their findings. Trump’s relentless support of Russian President Vladimir Putin, alleging without evidence that he knew him to be innocent is largely what caused the beginning of the massive Trump-Russia investigation.

Even on the campaign trail, Donald Trump essentially asked Russia to find Hillary Clinton’s missing emails and release them:

Then, he sent his press dog at the time, Kellyanne Conway out to support him in his condemnation of blaming Russia for the hacking:

Then he issued the following back-and-forth hilarious and pathetic tweets on the subject:

 

President Trump has yet to respond to the news of this espionage program, and it is probably too hopeful to assume he could react any differently this time around. The American people deserve so much better.

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