Doug Bedell — June 8, 2020, 5:51 pm

Hackers Are Off to the Presidential Election Races


In security terms, the 2020 presidential election in November figures to be a raucous brawl. Iran and China have already been targeting the Trump a/or Biden campaigns, the Ars Technica blog advises.

“State-backed hackers from Iran and China recently targeted the presidential campaigns of Republican President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden, a Google threat analyst said on Thursday.

“The revelation is the latest evidence of foreign governments attempting to gain intelligence on US politicians and potentially disrupt or meddle in their election campaigns. An Iran-backed group targeted the Trump campaign, and China-backed attackers targeted the Biden campaign, said Shane Huntley, the head of Google’s Threat Analysis Group on Twitter. Both groups used phishing (scam) emails. There’s no indication that either attack campaign succeeded.”

Ah but, it’s early yet.

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