The group of Russian hackers accused of interfering in the 2016 US presidential election, this year are accused of targeting the emails of the Democratic parties of California and Indiana.
The intrusion attempts, many of which were spotted by Microsoft over the summer, were carried out by a group called the Fancy Bear. Hacker activity provides information on how Russia is targeting the United States - ahead of the November 3 election.
The goals set by Reuters include the Center for American Progress, the External Relations Council and the Carnegie Endowment for World Peace based in Washington, said they had found no evidence of a successful hacking attempt.
Fancy Bear is controlled by the Russian military intelligence service and was responsible for violating the email accounts of Hillary Clinton's staff before the 2016 election, according to the Justice Department indictment filed in 2018.
News of Russian hacking activity follows announcement of last month from Microsoft that Fancy Bear had tried to hack more than 200 organizations, many of whom were associated with elections 2020. Microsoft has managed to link this year's espionage campaign to cyberspace with Russian hackers through a programming error phenomenon that allowed the company to detect a unique pattern attack by Fancy Bear.
The impetus for the espionage operation could not be determined by Reuters. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence said in August that Russian companies were trying to undermine the presidential candidate's campaign. Joe Biden.
Democratic National Committee spokeswoman Chris Meagher said it was "not surprising" that hackers were trying to intervene. elections.
The Russian embassy in Washington has said it will not interfere in its internal affairs. America and denied any connection to "Fancy Bear", calling the allegation "fake news".
During the summer, a specialized Microsoft security unit and its federal enforcement agents law informed many of the Fancy Bear targets, according to six people familiar with the matter. Reuters has identified SKDKnickerbocker, a company that worked with Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, as one of those targets.
The targeting of the Democratic parties of Indiana and California - confirmed by four people "The Russians are 'throwing their nets,'" said Don Smith of Secureworks.
The Democratic Party of Indiana said it had not yet learned that "successful invasions" had taken place. California Democratic Party Chairman Rusty Hicks acknowledged that party is a target, but did not name Fancy Bear, saying in an email that "the foreign entity effort was unsuccessful». The FBI has not yet commented on case.