Microsoft the technology giant, made it known on Wednesday that it had detected hackers attacks ahead of European parliament and national elections in the EU, in a warning to Civil society groups, politicians and Campaigns.
The culprit is a group the firm calls Strontium. This same group is known to security firms and government agencies as ‘Fairly Bear’ or APT28 and widely believed to be linked to Russian intelligence.
“We at Microsoft, have seen recent activity targeting democratic institutions in Europe”, said the Chief Security Tom Burt in a blog post.
It was disclosed that the hackers deployed so-called “Spearphishing” tactics which connotes using targeted fake email or websites to try and harvest workers’ credentials and gain access to computer systems.