Are Iranian Hackers Targeting The 2020 Presidential Election?

First, we deal with supposed Russian hackers interfering with the 2016 presidential election. Now, there’s the real threat that Iranian hackers will be targeting the 2020 presidential election. Either it’s a threat that we have to take seriously or the Dems are anticipating a way to explain how Trump can win the elections for a second term.

According to Microsoft, hackers from Iran are targeting the 2020 elections. The DNC is already preparing for such a thing by asking campaigns to investigate any cyber attacks. This could end up becoming a big deal, especially as we near closer. It could be what any of them use to identify why they didn’t get the primaries – or how Trump is able to win his reelection campaign. Additionally, beyond the 19 Democrats that are in the primary race, there are three Republicans who have identified that they want to challenge Trump for his RNC nomination. Any of these candidates could end up being targeted by the hackers.

Microsoft supposedly uncovered a hacking group that is targeting current and former government officials as well as at least one of the 2020 US presidential campaigns. The hacking group has been associated with the Iranian government.

Microsoft released a statement to say that a few consumer email accounts have been compromised by a group known as “Phosphorous.” The group has also gone under the name APT 35. Those accounts don’t belong to anyone associated with the government or a presidential campaign. The attackers were first observed when they made more than 2700 attempts to identify specific accounts beginning in August of this year and continuing on through September. Then, 241 specific accounts were targeted with password resets, fake LinkedIn accounts, and phishing emails. As for what they were specifically trying to accomplish with all of this, it has not been identified.

Tom Burt, the VP of Customer Security for Microsoft, identified that the attacks were not “technically sophisticated.” However, the attacks were attempting to use a lot of personal information to identify those accounts. This is proof that Phosphorous is highly motivated to complete their hacking efforts – and they’re willing to invest a lot of resources to make it happen.

The Democratic National Committee was also contacted by Microsoft with the suggestion that they check system logs and provided advice on defending themselves against future attacks.

This possible hacking scheme comes in the middle of Trump being investigated for “urging” Chinese and Ukrainian governments to involve themselves in the 2020 election by investigating former VP Joe Biden. However, what many Dems fail to understand is that Trump isn’t inviting anyone to involve themselves in the election. Biden happens to be a rival, and that’s only if he gets the DNC nomination in the primaries. Asking for help to investigate a potential issue, however, is what’s really going on.

All of the DNC candidates need to be on the lookout of being hacked. Any of them could be targeted – Biden, Sanders, Warren, and even some of the lesser-knowns. There’s no telling what Iranian hackers’ motive is when it comes to accessing their presidential platforms. The intel from Microsoft doesn’t say anything about the election itself – though now that the information is out there, any number of Democratic candidates could claim that they were hacked if they don’t get the nomination. Despite not fundraising sufficiently or gathering enough support in the polls, they could easily blame it on hackers because they love to point the finger to someone else.

Phosphorous is highly motivated to get involved in the US presidential election in one way or another. They’re also focusing on journalists who are covering some of the global politics. This means that it’s very possible that they could target what’s being published on the various news sites.

None of the candidates have come forward to identify that they have shown any signs of being hacked. Further, a spokesman for the Trump campaign said that there’s no indication that they’ve been targeted by the Iranian hackers as of yet.

Iran isn’t the only one that’s been accused of having hackers interfere with the elections, either. A number of Russians have been charged with hacking the 2016 election – and there’s the general suspicion that there will be other Russians involved in the 2020 election, too.

Microsoft has plenty of recommendations to ensure that journalists and politicians are not being hacked. They suggest that everyone check their login history and even create new passwords. They also suggest setting up a two-step verification process for all of their email accounts.

45 thoughts on “Are Iranian Hackers Targeting The 2020 Presidential Election?”

  1. Not again this bullshit from companies as Microsoft …. Cleaning the house is exactly what the word says which is cleaning the house. And we work topdown. Trump has just started and the reactions from the democrats make clear that they do not like being investigated. It is indication that Trump is doing good work.

    And do not come with stupid stories as Iran interference etc. We have had more than enough of that nonsense.

  2. Iran better stay out of the U.S.’s elections! I would hope our Gov. takes this seriously and fight back or at least give them something there not going to figure out like setting off there missiles on the launch pad! or putting there centrifuges on melt down mode or just a M.O.A.B. on them and there aircraft then on there fleet! cut them off at the knees so they have no mechanical way to come back! If they hack us!

  3. Time to go back to paper . ID . No if you forgot your id crap. If you forgot then go home and get it. There is not way you forgot your ID. Your a liar. Enough with people who are not American citizens voting. Got that Hillary.

  4. Hear we go again some one poking their nose in where it not to be we had enough of that in 2016 and now were facing it in 2020 is there no end to it hear one minster who is sick and tired of it If God doesn’t return soon I hate to see what this world is coming too. it coming to a point where we can not trust no one

  5. This design is incredible! You most certainly know how to keep a reader entertained. Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!) Excellent job. I really enjoyed what you had to say, and more than that, how you presented it. Too cool!|

  6. I loved as much as you’ll receive carried out right here. The sketch is attractive, your
    authored material stylish. nonetheless, you command get
    bought an impatience over that you wish be delivering the following.

    unwell unquestionably come further formerly again since exactly
    the same nearly a lot often inside case you shield this increase.

  7. Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally,
    it seems as though you relied on the video to make your point.
    You clearly know what youre talking about, why waste your intelligence
    on just posting videos to your weblog when you could be giving us
    something informative to read?

  8. Hey! Do you know if they make any plugins to assist with SEO? I’m trying to get my blog to rank for some targeted keywords but I’m not seeing very good results. If you know of any please share. Kudos!|

  9. My spouse and I stumbled over here by a different website and thought I may as well check things
    out. I like what I see so now i am following you. Look forward to looking over your web
    page yet again.

  10. Good day! This is kind of off topic but I need some guidance
    from an established blog. Is it hard to set up your own blog?
    I’m not very techincal but I can figure things out pretty fast.
    I’m thinking about setting up my own but I’m not sure where to begin. Do
    you have any tips or suggestions? Thank you

  11. I’ll right away grasp your rss feed as I can not in finding your e-mail subscription hyperlink or newsletter service. Do you’ve any? Kindly let me recognize in order that I may just subscribe. Thanks.|

  12. Hi there just wanted to give you a brief heads up and let you know a few of the images aren’t loading properly. I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue. I’ve tried it in two different internet browsers and both show the same outcome.|

  13. Hello there! This post could not be written any better!

    Reading through this post reminds me of my previous room mate!
    He always kept chatting about this. I will forward
    this page to him. Fairly certain he will have a good
    read. Thank you for sharing!

  14. Hi, I do think this is an excellent web site. I stumbledupon it 😉 I am going to return yet again since i have book-marked it. Money and freedom is the greatest way to change, may you be rich and continue to guide others.|

  15. wonderful put up, very informative. I wonder why the opposite experts of this sector don’t notice this.
    You should proceed your writing. I’m sure, you’ve a great readers’ base already!

  16. It is in point of fact a nice and helpful piece of info. I’m happy that you simply shared
    this helpful information with us. Please keep us up to
    date like this. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Please let me know if you’re looking for a article author for
    your weblog. You have some really great posts and I think I would be a good asset.

    If you ever want to take some of the load off, I’d
    really like to write some articles for your blog in exchange for a link back to mine.
    Please send me an email if interested. Thank you!

  18. Hi. Cool post. There is an issue with your website in internet explorer, and you may want to check this… The browser is the marketplace chief and a large part of folks will miss your excellent writing because of this problem.

  19. I do not know whether it’s just me or if everybody else encountering
    issues with your site. It appears like some of the written text on your content are running off the screen.
    Can somebody else please comment and let me know if this is happening to
    them as well? This may be a issue with my internet
    browser because I’ve had this happen previously.

  20. Greate post. Keep posting such kind of information on your blog.

    Im really impressed by your blog.
    Hi there, You’ve done an excellent job. I will definitely digg
    it and in my view recommend to my friends. I’m sure they’ll be benefited from this site.

  21. This site is known as a stroll-through for the entire info you wished about this and didn抰 know who to ask. Glimpse right here, and also you抣l undoubtedly discover it.

  22. What’s Going down i’m new to this, I stumbled upon this I have
    discovered It positively useful and it has helped me out loads.
    I’m hoping to give a contribution & assist other users like its helped me.

    Good job.

  23. I don’t even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was good.
    I do not know who you are but certainly you are going to a famous blogger if you aren’t already 😉 Cheers!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *