Russian hacking group Fancy Bear prepares to attack Winter Olympics, U.S. Senate

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A hacking group heavily linked to the Russian government is attempting to steal U.S. Senate email login credentials and also appears to be preparing to disrupt the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, according to new research by cybersecurity firms TrendMicro and ThreatConnect.

Researchers found that the group, known as “APT28,” “Fancy Bear” or “Pawn Storm,” had recently registered numerous malicious domains — some of which mimic legitimate properties related to the 2018 Olympic Games — and sent spearphishing emails to several professional winter sporting organizations, including the International Ski Federation, International Ice Hockey Federation, International Luge Federation, International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation and global governing body for biathlon competitions.

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