October 2020

Microsoft Takes Down Hacking Operation That Could Have Affected Election

According to CNN, Microsoft said on Monday that it took down the servers for a malware network known as Trickbot. Trickbot was being used by criminals to launch cyberattacks, including ransomware. According to 'The Washington Post,' , the U.S. Cyber Command has also been working to shut down the operation. Both Microsoft and U.S. officials say ransomware could affect websites that display election information, or third-party software vendors being utilized by election officials. Adversaries can use ransomware to infect a computer system used to maintain voter rolls or report on election-night results, ... , Microsoft VP of security Tom Burt, via blog post.... seizing those systems at a prescribed hour optimized to sow chaos and distrust, Microsoft VP of security Tom Burt, via blog post. According to Microsoft, Trickbot's anonymous operators have worked for both governments and corporations in infecting over 1 million computing devices since 2016.