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Anabelle ❀ @DemocracyJourno
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GRU intelligence unit that sought to influence the 2016 election appears to have a new hacking target, conservative think tanks that have broken with Trump and are seeking continued sanctions against Moscow, exposing oligarchs or pressing for human rights. nyti.ms/2wdTbB7?smid=n…
Microsoft says it has found GRU targeting U.S. political institutions. washingtonpost.com/business/econo…
‘Microsoft also found websites imitating the United States Senate but not specific Senate offices or political campaigns.
The shift to attacking conservative think tanks underscores the Russian intelligence agency’s goals: to disrupt any institutions challenging Moscow and Putin’
“We are now seeing another uptick in attacks. What is particular in this instance is the broadening of the type of websites they are going after.” These organizations are “informally tied to Republicans so we see them broadening beyond the sites they have targeted in the past.”
“The Russians are seeking to disrupt and divide. There is an asymmetric risk here for democratic societies. The kind of attacks we see from authoritarian regimes like Russia are seeking to fracture and splinter groups in our society.” — Microsoft’s president, Brad Smith
“Russians aren’t really pursuing partisan attacks, they're pursuing attacks that they perceive in their own national self-interest. It’s about disrupting & diminishing any group that challenges how Putin’s Russia is operating at home and around the world.” Eric Rosenbach Harvard
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