Russia questions Microsoft accusations
Windowofworld.com – Russia has denied accusations of targeting the incumbent presidential campaign team of the United States (US) Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Joe Biden. The Kremlin even questioned how Microsoft, a multinational technology company, said Russia was involved in the hacking effort.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said he had not read the Microsoft report.
“What kinds of data do they refer to there?” Peskov asked.
“I didn’t read the Microsoft report, on what basis does Microsoft believe they are Russian hackers? Why did they, for example, not come to the conclusion that they were French or German hackers, or an Estonian group?” he asked again, as quoted from CNN, Sunday (13/9/2020).
Peskov insisted that Moscow did not interfere and would not interfere with the electoral process and the internal affairs of other countries.
“There are some completely baseless accusations, some phobias that there must be a Russian cyber monster behind cyber crime,” Peskov said of the 2016 allegations.
He added that Microsoft’s claims of Russian interference only deserve attention if there is substantial evidence.
Previously, Iran had also issued a rebuttal. The country of Mullah said Microsoft’s claim that Iranian hackers launched cyberattacks targeting candidates in the upcoming US presidential election were untrue.
On the other hand, Tehran said that so far Washington has often been involved in the elections of other countries, including Iran.
In 2016, the notorious Russian military intelligence hacking group “Fancy Bear” was found to have attacked the Democratic Party’s campaign team. The group appears to have returned. Microsoft found that the organization currently targets national and state officials in the US as well as consultants working for Republicans and Democrats.
The company said the Russian group had targeted more than 200 organizations, including organizations linked to politics and policy in Europe and groups affiliated with the elections.
Microsoft has a team that tracks advanced hacking groups and the report released Thursday provides the most in-depth insights into how hackers are targeting elections.
Intelligence officials also said they found evidence that Russia was currently meddling in the elections to hurt Biden’s campaign.
According to public statements released by the intelligence community and sources with knowledge of the evidence underlying the US intelligence community have judged China and Iran would have preferred Trump to lose last November, but officials have not given any indication to date that the two countries acted on that preference by the same way as Russia.