Data: Hackers still targeting US elections

By and

National News

July 18, 2019 - 10:43 AM

WASHINGTON — State-backed hackers have attempted to infiltrate targets related to U.S. elections more than 700 times in the past year, furthering concerns about potential meddling in upcoming races, according to a blog posted Wednesday by Microsoft Corp.

The hackers responsible are mostly from Russia and North Korea, said Tom Burt, Microsoft’s vice president for customer security and trust, in an interview.

The company has counted nearly 10,000 hacks globally stemming from state-sponsored attacks in the past year. Of those, 781 have been to democracy-focused organizations, particularly nongovernmental organizations and think tanks, and nearly all of those attacks, 95%, are against U.S.-based organizations.

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