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Microsoft targets copycat influence websites

August 22, 2018

Via: FCW

Microsoft went to court to take down websites it believes to be part of a foreign intelligence operation targeting conservative think tanks and the U.S. Senate.

The company’s President Brad Smith announced Aug. 20 that Microsoft had won a court battle to take ownership of six website domains designed to “look like sites their targeted victims would expect to receive email from or visit.” In this case, the targets were conservative think tanks and congressional Republicans, with URLs designed to mimic the International Republican Institute, the Hudson Institute and the U.S. Senate.

Microsoft claims the activity is linked to “Strontium” or Fancy Bear, an advanced persistent threat group associated with the Russian government, although the organization did not indicate what evidence it was relying on to make the assertion.

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