Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Russian hackers create fake websites mimicking conservative think tanks and politicians ("Fancy Bear")

Microsoft has uncovered more Russian ("Fancy Bear") meddling before the 2018 midterms, activity which could pose a threat to ordinary users at least with spear phishing. Here is the Yahoo! report

Apparently Russian interests set up fake websites pretending to be a few conservative think tanks and even groups associated with some mainstream Republican US Senators not particularly cooperative with Trump.  Visitors might encounter malware or might get phishing emails from these fake sites.
Security companies like Trend and Webroot will be able to flag these sites as suspicious quickly, of course, but Microsoft (which runs its own Windows Defender) caught the problem first.

A couple other ideas come to mind.  Should telecoms, given the relaxing of net neutrality, refuse to let these sites be connected?

Another risk could be that in the future foreign hackers set up sites purporting to belong to individuals (even like me), perhaps those with a conservative bias.  This could set up serious problems for those individuals, but we’ll look at that soon on the identity theft blog.

Elizabeth Dwoskin and Craig Timberg have a detailed story in the Washington Post. 

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