Russian Attackers Attacks On US Think-Tanks

Hackers connected to Government of Russia attempted to target the sites of two US think-tanks. This suggests that they were widening their attacks prior to the elections in November, Microsoft claimed to the media in an interview.

The software behemoth claimed that it had thwarted the efforts previous week by taking charge of websites that attackers had developed to replicate the pages of The Hudson Institute and The International Republican Institute. Consumers were redirected to false sites where they were asked to submit passwords and usernames.

There was no instant answer from authorities in Russia, but the Kremlin was likely to answer to the report. It has often declined blames that it has used attackers to influence US political opinion and elections.

Casting such accusations as fraction of an anti-Russian campaign developed to rationalize new sanctions on Russia, Kremlin claims it wishes to enhance not worsen relations with Washington.

“We are concerned that these efforts pose safety threats to a widening series of groups linked with both political parties of America before the 2018 elections,” Microsoft claimed to the media.

Speaking of cyber attacks, scientists at Checkpoint have discovered a new error that employs the external storage in an Android handset and allows attackers silently install apps to get authorization to data.

The scientists, addressing in Las Vegas at Defcon hacker event, have claimed that this procedure is dubbed as “Man-in-the-disk” attack. This attack takes place when app developers are not cautious about the memory their apps occupy in the external storage, which is something that is out of sandbox protection by Android.

It has been cited that some developers do not follow the rules laid out by Google entirely. The rules claim that an application must not store executable files in external memory, which is shared by other applications as well. Coders must do validation experiments too.

By Sarah Colin

Sarah Colin is the senior editor of Strange News Chronicle, and can't really think of a better job than one that lets her read and write interesting stories on everything from aliens and asteroids to Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster. Sarah previously worked in magazines at Transcontinental Media and headed up the lifestyle department at Sun Media. Her Twitter bio describes her as a "reader, writer, eater,, fancy geek, summer cyclist," which pretty much sums up how she spends her time outside of work.

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