Report: Russian Hackers Targeted Political
Consultancy Working For Biden
September 10, 2020
A campaign-advisory company working for Democratic
presidential candidate Joe Biden was targeted by suspected Russian
state-backed hackers, a Reuters report has found, which the Kremlin
dismissed as "nonsense."
Microsoft recently alerted the company about the hacking attempt. The
U.S. software company identified hackers tied to the Russian government
as the likely culprits, three sources briefed on the matter told
The hackers failed to gain access to the company's networks, according
to a source familiar with its response, Reuters said.
"They are well-defended, so there has been no breach," the person said.
The company said to have been targeted was Washington-based
SKDKnickerbocker, a campaign strategy and communications firm.
The attacks included phishing, a method to trick users into disclosing
passwords, the sources said.
Vice Chairwoman Hilary Rosen declined to comment. A Biden spokesman did
not respond to a request for comment, and Microsoft spokesman declined
to comment, according to Reuters.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on September 10 rejected the report.
"It looks like more nonsense that, unfortunately, respected news
agencies publish sometimes," Peskov told reporters in Moscow.
U.S. intelligence agencies have raised alarms about possible efforts by
foreign governments to interfere in the November 3 presidential