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Russian hackers targets U.S. election groups, Microsoft says

Russian hackers are targeting U.S. campaigns, according to Microsoft. Yahoo Finance's On The Move panel weigh in.

Video Transcript

ADAM SHAPIRO: Rick, we hear a lot about the election and foreign powers trying to hack different elements. What's the latest? There's hundreds of these different cases, right?

RICK NEWMAN: Yeah, we're used to hearing this by now. I guess it's just a fact of life here in the United States. But look, Russia is still at it, and I'm interested, like, what are they doing differently that they-- from what they did in 2016? So Microsoft just gave us a few ideas about this.

They said Russian hackers are still trying to get into the Joe Biden campaign. We know they'd prefer that Trump get reelected. In 2016, they relied on spear phishing, Howley will know what this is all about. This year, they're relying on brute force attacks and password spray to get people's credentials and log into their accounts.

And another thing they're doing is they've also done a-- doing a much better job of disguising the IP addresses these attacks are coming from. So they're constantly rotating the IP addresses that show up if you try to trace these attacks, making it harder to figure out where they're coming from. Microsoft also said China is going after the Biden campaign.

That's interesting, I'm not sure why exactly. And Iran has been interested in trying to crack into the Trump campaign and into computers in the Trump administration. So boy, there's a lot of cat and mouse going on here.

ADAM SHAPIRO: Lot going on, but real quick, didn't our own intelligence services have pointed the finger as the greatest threat coming from Russia? Is that correct?

RICK NEWMAN: Yes, they have. But now there has been reporting that the US government-- the Trump administration has said, stop saying anything publicly about what Russia is doing here. So let's hope Microsoft and these other cyber security firms keep telling us what they know.

ADAM SHAPIRO: All right. Rick Newman, thank you very much.