Cybersecurity firm: US Senate in Russian hackers' crosshairs


By RAPHAEL SATTER

Cybersecurity Writer

PARIS (AP) — A cybersecurity firm says that the same Russian government-aligned hackers who penetrated the Democratic Party have spent the past few months laying the groundwork for an espionage campaign against the U.S. Senate.

The revelation in a report published Friday by Trend Micro Inc. suggests the group often nicknamed Fancy Bear, whose hacking campaign scrambled the 2016 U.S. electoral contest, is still busy trying to gather the emails of America’s political elite.

Feike Hacquebord, a security researcher at Trend Micro, says: “They’re still very active — in making preparations at least — to influence public opinion again. They are looking for information they might leak later.”

The Senate Sergeant at Arms office, which is responsible for the upper house’s security, declined to comment.

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