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Russia calls Microsoft's hacking allegations a "witch-hunt"

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian foreign ministry on Tuesday denounced as a "witch-hunt" accusations put forward by Microsoft Corp over alleged attempts by hackers linked to Russia's government to launch cyber attacks on U.S. institutions. "It is regrettable that a large international company, which has been working in the Russian market for a long time, quite actively and successfully has to take part in a witch-hunt that has engulfed Washington," the ministry said in a statement. Microsoft said that hackers linked to Russia's government tried to carry out cyber attacks on the U.S. Senate and conservative American think-tanks. It accused Moscow of broadening attacks ahead of November's U.S. congressional elections.

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Microsoft Finds Russian Hackers Targeting Conservative Sites

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Microsoft Corp. has uncovered and seized web domains created by Strontium, a group of cyber-attackers linked to the Russian military, potentially targeting a disruption and manipulation of the U.S. midterm ...

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Israel to end licensing agreement with Microsoft

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JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The Israeli government will not renew a contract for various Microsoft desktop software at the end of the year, it said on Tuesday, citing a change in licence terms it said would double the price. Under its current framework agreement with Microsoft, Israel pays more than 100 million shekels ($27 million) a year for the procurement of Office desktop software, Windows and server software for ministries and government offices. According to the Finance Ministry, Microsoft is trying to shift Israel from a licensing system where it owns the software and can use the software as it wishes, to a subscription system that is similar to renting. The ministry noted that the change, which includes moving data to the cloud, does not meet the government's needs.

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The Latest: Microsoft uncovers more Russian attacks

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The Latest: Microsoft uncovers more Russian attacks. Associated PressAugust 21, 2018, 12:16 PM GMT. The Latest on efforts by Russia to disrupt midterm elections in the U.S. using fake internet domains (all times local):. 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. 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.

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Russia denies Microsoft allegations it targeted U.S. think tanks: Ifax

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Russia denies Microsoft allegations it targeted U.S. think tanks: Ifax. MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian authorities deny allegations from Microsoft that hackers linked to Russia's government tried to target the websites of two right-wing U.S. think-tanks, the Interfax news agency reported on Tuesday. The software giant said it had thwarted the Russia-linked attempts last week, which it suggested showed Moscow was broadening its attacks in the build-up to November elections. Interfax cited an unnamed Russian diplomatic source on Tuesday as describing Microsoft's allegations as part of a political game.

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Morning Brief: Microsoft thwarted Russian hackers

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The week in retail earnings will start kicking into gear with Kohl’s (KSS) and TJ Maxx parent company TJX Companies (TJX) reporting results. Wall Street analysts expect same-store sales at Kohl’s rose 2.7% during the second quarter while TJX’s same-store sales are projected to rise 2.4%, according to estimates from Bloomberg. Shares of both companies have outperformed the S&P 500 handily over the last year, with TJX rising 41% over that period while Kohl’s stock has more than doubled. Trump doesn’t expect much from China trade talks: U.S. President Donald Trump does not expect much progress from trade talks with China this week in Washington, he told Reuters on Monday.

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Russian hackers targeted U.S. conservative think-tanks, says Microsoft

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Russian hackers targeted U.S. conservative think-tanks, says Microsoft. Aug 21 (Reuters) - Hackers linked to Russia's government tried to target the websites of two right-wing U.S. think-tanks, suggesting they were broadening their attacks in the build-up to November elections, Microsoft said on Monday. The International Republican Institute has a roster of high-profile Republican board members, including Senator John McCain of Arizona who has criticised U.S. President Donald trump's interactions with Russia, and Moscow's rights record. Microsoft said its digital crimes unit (DCU) had acted on a court order to take control of six internet domains created by a group known variously as Strontium, Fancy Bear and APT28, which it said was associated with the Russian government. As well as the two think-tanks, other home pages had been set up to mimic the websites of the U.S. Senate and Microsoft's own Office software suite, it added.

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Microsoft found Russian phishing sites mimicking Republican groups

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Weeks after Microsoft revealed it detected Russian hackers targeting multiple 2018 campaigns (including Senator Claire McCaskill) the company is announcing it found and disabled six spoof domains created by "a group widely associated with the Russian government." Microsoft president Brad Smith wrote in a blog post that its Digital Crimes Unit used a court order to take control of these domains: my-iri.org, hudsonorg-my-sharepoint.com, senate.group, adfs-senate.services, adfs-senate.email and office365-onedrive.com. Combined with other attempts Microsoft detected, Smith wrote: "Taken together, this pattern mirrors the type of activity we saw prior to the 2016 election in the United States and the 2017 election in France." That consists of three services (unified threat detection and notifications, security advice, and access to early adopter features that are usually limited to corporate accounts) it will provide for free to "all current candidates for federal, state and local office in the United States and their campaigns; the campaign organizations of all sitting members of Congress; national and state party committees; technology vendors who primarily serve campaigns and committees; and certain nonprofit organizations and nongovernmental organizations."

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Russian hacking of conservative groups sites thwarted: Microsoft

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The company's digital crimes unit (DCU) acted on a court order last week, disrupting and transferring control of a total of six internet domains created by a group known as Strontium, also known as Fancy Bear or APT28, which is associated with the Russian government, the company said in a blog posted late on Monday night. "We’re concerned that these and other attempts pose security threats to a broadening array of groups connected with both American political parties in the run-up to the 2018 elections," Microsoft said. Microsoft's announcement comes amid increasing cyber-tensions between Moscow and Washington and rising concerns regarding security ahead of the 2018 mid-term elections in the United States.

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