Russia interfered in the US 2016 election via a wide scale digital invasion. Now, Iran has been caught trying to influence the 2020 election, which doesn’t mean that Russia has stopped its effort. The Iranian attacks were aimed at US presidential campaigns and took place between August and September according to Microsoft. The hackers are linked to the Iranian government.
They tried 2,700 times to access e-mail accounts owned by US presidential campaign officials and US government officials. Other targeted accounts were owned by journalists and prominent Iranians living outside Iran. One team called Phosphorous attacked 241 email accounts and successfully infiltrated four.
The hackers accessed the four accounts by using password-resetting features. They also tried accessing secondary e-mails linked to the target’s Microsoft account or phone numbers associated with the accounts.
Microsoft has not identified which presidential campaigns were targeted.