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Russian hackers are targeting European governments ahead of May election, report says

Russian hackers are targeting European governments ahead of May election, report says (Govt., Critical Infrastructure)

"The groups could be trying to gain access to the targeted networks in order to gather information that will allow Russia to make more informed political decisions, or it could be gearing up to leak data that would be damaging for a particular political party or candidate ahead of the European elections," Benjamin Read, senior manager of cyberespionage analysis at FireEye, said in a statement Thursday. French President Emmanuel Macron recently called for a "European renaissance" to combat cyberattacks and foreign funding for European political parties, while former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has warned Russia will be a "major malign actor" in the upcoming EU poll. "The link between this activity and the European elections is yet to be confirmed, but the multiple voting systems and political parties involved in the elections creates a broad attack surface for hackers," FireEye's Read said.

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