Hackers sponsored by Russia have been trying to break into US state and local government computer networks and in two instances were successful; US government agencies said on Thursday – the second major warning over foreign hacking in as many days.
In an alarm under about fourteen days before the US political decision, the offices said that a Russian gathering; in some cases called Berserk Bear or Dragonfly by scientists, had focused on many state, nearby; ancestral and regional US governments just as flight organizations.
“Since in any event September 2020, a Russian state-supported … entertainer; … has directed a mission against a wide assortment of US focuses on;” the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security said.
The programmers effectively broke into an undefined number of organizations and, starting at recently; had taken information from two of them; the offices said in a posting on the site of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, an arm of the Department of Homeland Security.
The names of the focused on governments were not uncovered. DHS didn’t promptly react to demands for input.
The FBI gave no further subtleties except for said in an explanation that it was “focusing on Russia’s detestable conduct.”
In response to a request for comment, the Russian Embassy in Washington pointed to recent comments by Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov calling such allegations “absolutely groundless.”
The alert comes amid heightened concern about hacking ahead of the U.S. presidential election on November 3.
Many in the United States have worried about a potential repeat of 2016, when hackers alleged to be working for Russia’s military intelligence stole; and also released emails belonging to prominent US Democrats and other political figures; according to US intelligence agencies as well as government officials.
US Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said on Wednesday that Russia; and Iran have both tried to interfere with the 2020 presidential election; seeking to undermine Americans’ confidence in the integrity of the vote and spread misinformation in an attempt to sway its outcome.
Russia obtained public voter information as well as Iran sent spoofed emails to US voters in an attempt to intimidate them, Ratcliffe said.
US officials were careful in Thursday’s warning to emphasize that they had no information to indicate; the hackers had intentionally disrupted any elections or government operations.
“However, the actor may be seeking access to obtain future disruption options, to influence US policies as well as actions; or to delegitimise (state and local) government entities,” the alert said.