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Home / International / Hackers apparently linked to Iran tried to intrude in Trump presidential campaign 2020

Hackers apparently linked to Iran tried to intrude in Trump presidential campaign 2020

WASHINGTON: A hacking operation apparently linked to the Iranian government unsuccessfully targeted President Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign, a source confirmed to CNBC on Friday. Reuters first reported the incident.

Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh told CNBC: We have no indication that any of our campaign infrastructures was targeted.

Earlier Friday, Microsoft announced that it had seen “significant” cyber activity from a hacking group apparently sourced to Iran and linked to that country’s government.

Microsoft did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request to confirm that the hacking group targeted the Trump campaign.

The U.S. has traditionally been targeted by Iran in times of conflict, particularly when the federal government imposes new sanctions on it.

The Trump administration had been threatening new sanctions against Iran throughout the summer and imposed new sanctions on September 4 against the country’s shipping network and on September 20 against Iran’s central bank.

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While the specific group within Iran responsible for the alleged attack hasn’t been named, several cybersecurity research firms, including FireEye, have outlined the extensive intelligence and disruption capabilities of the Iranian government.

These have included long-term campaigns against government agencies, media outlets, telecommunications firms, and the hospitality industry.

Brian Schwartz contributed to this report.

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