Russian state hackers targeted Biden campaign firm

Microsoft says attack on Democratic campaign was thwarted

Microsoft recently told Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's main election campaign advisory firm it had been targeted by suspected Russian state-backed hackers, reports Reuters.

The firm is SKDKnickerbocker, one of a number of outside agencies the Biden campaign uses. An interesting side note for longtime Boing Boing readers — Hilary Rosen, ontime RIAA chief, longtime Democratic operative, runs the firm, which is also known by the shorter name SKDK.

"The hacking attempts on SKDK come as U.S. intelligence agencies have raised alarms about possible efforts by foreign governments to interfere in the November presidential election," Reuters reports on Thursday.

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The hacking attempts targeted staff at Washington-based SKDKnickerbocker, a campaign strategy and communications firm working with Biden and other prominent Democrats, over the past two months, the sources said.

A person familiar with SKDK's response to the attempts said the hackers failed to gain access to the firm's networks. "They are well-defended, so there has been no breach," the person said.

SKDK Vice Chair Hilary Rosen declined to comment. A Biden spokesman did not respond to a request for comment. 

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov dismissed the allegations as "nonsense". Moscow has repeatedly denied using hacking to interfere in other countries' elections.

More at Reuters: Russian state hackers suspected in targeting Biden campaign firm [Reporting by Joel Schectman, Raphael Satter, Christopher Bing, Joseph Menn]