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New Report Says Russia Targeted Republicans … But It’s Not What You Think

A new Microsoft report sheds light on what may be the first Russian attempts to target Republicans in this election cycle.

By NTK Staff | 08.21.2018 @11:00am
New Report Says Russia Targeted Republicans … But It’s Not What You Think

After reports last month that Russian hackers are targeting a vulnerable Democratic senator – Claire McCaskill of Missouri – a new disclosure by Microsoft indicates Russians are targeting Republicans as well.

It’s not Donald Trump the Russians are targeting, though, or any public official up for reelection in 2018. Instead, hackers affiliated with Russian intelligence are targeting anti-Russia conservative think tanks, according to Microsoft.

The Washington Post reported:

A group affiliated with the Russian government created phony versions of six websites — including some related to public policy and to the U.S. Senate — with the apparent goal of hacking into the computers of people who were tricked into visiting, according to Microsoft, which said Monday night that it discovered and disabled the fake sites.

…Among those targeted were the Hudson Institute, a conservative Washington think tank active in investigations of corruption in Russia, and the International Republican Institute (IRI), a nonprofit group that promotes democracy worldwide.

Recent publications by the Hudson Institute include: “The Less You Know, the Better You Sleep: Russia’s Road to Terror and Dictatorship under Yeltsin and Putin,” and “Bolster American Missile Defense Until Russia Proves Itself in Treaty.” Recent releases by IRI include “McCain, Green and Ibrahim Honor Hospitalized Dissident Kara-Murza,” and “Lindsey Graham Tackles Putin’s Propaganda in Premiere of IRI Podcast ‘Global.'”

IRI includes several board members that are Russia hawks and occasional Trump critics: Sens. John McCain (R-AZ), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) are among them.

President Trump mused last month that Russians would target Republicans in the midterm elections, to help Democrats win:

There is no evidence of that yet, but the targeting of conservative think tanks may hint at a wider Russian hacking scheme at play this election cycle.

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