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Foreign Hackers Targeting Both Trump And Biden

The Deciport Daily Quick-Look: 11 September 2020

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Both camps attacked by foreign hackers, according to Microsoft.

Political, Security (Cyber) // BLUF: Foreign hackers are reportedly attacking both Trump and Biden campaigns, according to Microsoft.

Microsoft has commented that hackers from Russia, China and Iran have attacked individuals from both campaigns.

The Russian hacker group accused of hacking Hillary Clinton's email database, known as Fancy Bear, has also been suspected of trying to break into the accounts of people from both Republican and Democrat parties.

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The Daily Quick-Look for 11 September 2020

The Deciport Daily Quick-Look is your at-a-glance look at several key events and situations around the world over the last 24 hours. Each headline contains the link to its source report.

BLUF = Bottom Line Up Front.

FYSA = For Your Situational Awareness.

1. UNITED STATES - Security (Cyber), Political: Microsoft: Foreign hackers are targeting Biden and Trump camps

FYSA: Hackers linked to Russia, China, and Iran are trying to spy on people tied to both U.S. President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden, Microsoft Corp MSFT.O said on Thursday. The report came as Reuters revealed one of Biden’s main campaign advisory firms had been warned by the software giant that it was in the crosshairs of the same Russian hackers who intervened in the 2016 U.S. election. The Microsoft statement highlights how advisers to both presidential campaigns are at risk from digital spies around the globe, as the two candidates face off on Nov. 3 in one of the most consequential U.S. presidential elections in decades. The announcement by Microsoft’s vice president for customer security, Tom Burt, said the group accused of breaching Hillary Clinton’s campaign emails in 2016 - a Russian military intelligence-linked unit widely known as Fancy Bear - had spent the past year trying to break into accounts belonging to political consultants serving both Republicans and Democrats as well as advocacy organizations and think tanks. Burt also said Chinese hackers had gone after people “closely associated with U.S. presidential campaigns and candidates” - including an unnamed Biden ally who was targeted through a personal email address and “at least one prominent individual formerly associated with the Trump Administration.” He added that Iranian hackers - which Microsoft has already called out publicly for attempts to spy on a U.S. political campaign that Reuters identified as being Trump's - had since tried to log into accounts belonging to Trump administration officials and members of the Republican president's campaign staff. (Reuters. See link in heading for further reading)

2. CHINA, INDIA - Security, Political: China, India agree to disengage troops at disputed border

FYSA: The foreign ministries of China and India agreed in a joint statement on Friday that their troops must quickly disengage from a months-long standoff at their long-disputed Himalayan border. Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, and Indian Foreign Minister S Jaishankar met on the sidelines of a Shanghai Cooperation Organisation foreign ministers' meeting in Moscow to try and end the dispute, the most serious in decades at the undemarcated border. "The two Foreign Ministers agreed that the current situation in the border areas is not in the interest of either side. They agreed therefore that the border troops of both sides should continue their dialogue, quickly disengage, maintain proper distance and ease tensions," the statement said. (Al Jazeera. See link in heading for further reading)

3. AUSTRALIA - Political: Australia says security agencies acted on evidence in Chinese journalist raid

FYSA: Australia’s security agencies acted on evidence related to a foreign interference investigation when a raid was conducted on Chinese journalists in Australia in June, the country’s trade minister said on Friday. The incident, involving four Chinese state media journalists, was revealed by China’s foreign ministry this week, in the wake of two Australian journalists departing China after questioning by Chinese police. Relations between Australia and top trading partner China are at a low ebb after Beijing was angered by Canberra’s call for an investigation into the origins of the coronavirus, responding with trade reprisals, and Australia toughened national security tests for foreign investment. Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said the Australian security agencies had acted according to the law. “We appropriately respond in relation to any foreign interference concerns that are raised in Australia,” he told the ABC News Breakfast television programme, when asked about the incident. “We do it purely in relation to the evidence,” he added. Birmingham denied suggestions the June raid had provoked a retaliation from Beijing which saw exit bans placed on journalists from the Australian Broadcasting Corp and the Australian Financial Review newspaper in China last week, and the pair seeking consular protection. China has accused the Australian embassy of obstructing law enforcement when it sheltered the two journalists who were wanted for questioning in the country and returned to Australia this week. Birmingham denied this and said Australian embassy officials had respected China’s processes to negotiate an outcome. (Reuters. See link in heading for further reading)

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