Microsoft Says Russian Hackers Targeted European Think Tanks
Microsoft is investigating a cyber attack campaign by Russian hacking group Fancy Bear, also known as APT 28. The campaign lasted from September to December of last year and targeted think tanks in Europe, including the German Council on Foreign Relations, The Aspen Institute and The German Marshall Fund. The hackers sent phishing emails containing malicious URLs to 104 people working for think tanks in various European countries.
In May of this year, the EU will organize elections for its parliament in all member states. European leaders are worried of hacking campaigns by Russia that could enable the country to interfere in the elections. Tom Burt of Microsoft said that the uncovered campaign “validate[s] the warnings from European leaders about the threat level we should expect to see in Europe this year.”