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Wed Feb 20, 2019, 01:26 AM

Microsoft: Fancy Bear targeted European think tanks

Joe Uchill 39 mins ago

In a blog post Tuesday night, Microsoft announced hackers tried to breach accounts belonging to European think tanks late last year. While investigations are underway, Microsoft is "confident" many of the attempts came from the espionage group Fancy Bear, which the United States government has attributed to Russia.

The big picture: Fancy Bear or as Microsoft calls the group, Strontium is best known in the United States for hacking the Democratic National Committee and other political targets during the 2016 election. Notably, the German Marshall Fund runs a Russian social media disinformation tracking site known as Hamilton 68.

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Think tanks are a valuable target for spies because they often have close ties with government officials and behind the scenes data on governance or from the government.


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