Microsoft revealed Friday that a group of hackers with ties to the Government of Iran tried to access campaign accounts of a candidate for the US Presidency, several government officials and journalists covering international politics.
The Redmond-based company (Washington state, western US) issued a statement explaining that it detected more than 2,700 attempts originating in Iran in a 30-day period between August and September.
The attacks were aimed at 241 email accounts of Microsoft customers and, in addition to American politicians and journalists, also included “prominent Iranians living outside Iran.”
The creator of the Windows operating system said that hackers only managed to access four of the accounts, and that none of them was linked to the campaign of the presidential candidate, who did not reveal the identity or whether it is a Democrat or a Republican .
The group of hackers who carried out this operation is known as “Phosphorous” and according to Microsoft, these are people “very motivated and willing to invest a lot of time and resources in the search and collection of information.”
The big companies in the technology sector are in the spotlight of the electoral processes after the US presidential campaign of 2016 Russian hackers used social networks and other digital platforms to influence the electoral process.
In May of this year, Facebook announced that in the first quarter of 2019 it closed more false accounts than ever (2,190 million), a record figure that takes place at a time when the company has been involved in multiple scandals that have led to bet to convert.
A few months earlier, in January, the social network said it had deactivated around 500 accounts, pages and groups originating in Russia that sought to influence “non-authentic”, that is, falsifying their identity, in Ukraine and a number of countries in Central Asia, Eastern Europe, and the Caucasus.