The Latest on efforts by Russia to disrupt midterm elections in the U.S. using fake internet domains (all times local):
Microsoft is revealing new hacking attempts from Russia targeting U.S. political groups ahead of the midterm elections.
The company said Tuesday that a group tied to the Russian government created fake internet domains that appeared to spoof two American conservative organizations: the Hudson Institute and the International Republican Institute. Three other fake domains were designed to look as if they belonged to the U.S. Senate.
The revelation came just weeks after a similar discovery by Microsoft led Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat who is running for re-election, to divulge that Russian hackers tried to infiltrate her Senate computer network, but were unsuccessful.
The hacking attempts mirror similar Russian attacks ahead of the 2016 election, which U.S. intelligence officials have said were focused on helping to elect Republican Donald Trump to the presidency by hurting his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.