The US government agency said on Thursday that hackers sponsored by Russia have been trying to break into the computer networks of the US; state and local governments, and have succeeded in both attacks. This is the second major warning about foreign hackers in many years. .

In the early warning less than two weeks before the U.S. election, these agencies stated that a Russian organization, sometimes referred to as a “crazy bear” or “dragonfly” by researchers, has targeted the United States in dozens of states, places, tribes, and territories. Government and aviation networks.

The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security stated: “Since at least September 2020, actors funded by the Russian government have launched a campaign against various goals in the United States.”

The agency said in a post on the website of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland that these hackers had successfully broken into an unknown number of networks and had stolen data from two of them as of the beginning of this month. Safety.

The name of the target government was not disclosed. The Department of Homeland Security did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The FBI did not provide more details, but said in a statement that this “is drawing attention to Russia’s evil behavior.”

The Russian Embassy in Washington commented upon request and pointed to recent comments made by Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov, calling such allegations “baseless.”

Before issuing the warning, people were increasingly worried about hacking before the US presidential election on November 3.

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According to U.S. intelligence agencies and government officials, many people in the U.S. are worried that it may repeat itself in 2016, when hackers allegedly working for the Russian military intelligence service stole and posted emails belonging to prominent U.S. Democrats and other political figures.

US National Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe said on Wednesday that both Russia and Iran are trying to interfere in the 2020 presidential election, trying to undermine Americans’ confidence in the integrity of the vote, and spreading misinformation in an attempt to sway the results.

Ratcliffe said that Russia had obtained public information about voters, and Iran had sent fraudulent emails to American voters to intimidate them.

U.S. officials carefully emphasized in their warnings on Thursday that they have no information to indicate that the hackers deliberately sabotaged any election or government actions.

The alert said: “However, actors may be seeking opportunities to interfere with choices in the future to influence U.S. policies and actions, or to legitimize (state and local) government entities.”

© Thomson Reuters 2020

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