San Francisco, June 4 (EFE) .- Hackers attacked the electoral campaigns of the presumed candidates for the US Presidency on offensive paths originating from Iran and China. Donald Trump and Joe Biden in November, Google revealed on Thursday.
In a message on his Twitter account, the director of the Google Threat Analysis Group, Shane Huntley, explained that the attacks were directed at the Gmail email accounts of workers from both campaigns, but that at the moment they do not have evidence that hackers managed to access any of them.
“We have sent users (the Trump and Biden campaigns) a government attack alert and have reported it to the federal police,” wrote Huntley, who specified that the Iranian and Chinese groups involved have been identified by the names APT35 and APT31, respectively.
The director of Threat Analysis also sent a message to anyone who may be working for a political campaign ahead of the November 3 elections, alerted them that their personal accounts may become the target of hackers and recommended that they use systems two-factor authentication or advanced protection.
These kinds of foreign attacks on US political campaigns They have been relatively common in recent years, and in most cases -as in the present- these are “phishing” attempts, a tactic consisting of gaining the victim’s trust by pretending the identity of the sender of the mail and asking that personal data is provided.
“We are aware that a foreign actor has tried unsuccessfully to access our campaign’s personal email accounts. We knew from the beginning that our campaign would be the target of these attacks and we are prepared for them,” they said in a statement from the team. from Biden.
The Trump campaign, meanwhile, has yet to issue any reaction to the information.
In the more than likely event that they are confirmed as candidates in the respective Democratic and Republican Party conventions, Biden and Trump will meet in November to occupy the White House for the next four years.