Russia attempted to access Pentagon Twitter accounts

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Russia attempted to take over the Twitter accounts of Defense department officials after the election, according to Time magazine.

The report indicates they used messages carrying malware to hack into the accounts. Over 10,000 messages were said to have been sent from Russia to Pentagon users.

The content of the messages were essentially click bait. If successful, hackers could gain complete access to the subject’s mobile device or computer including their Twitter accounts, which could be used to send out false information.

At this point in time, there is no indication that Russia’s attempts were successful.

“Today, cyber and other disinformation-related tools have enabled Russia to achieve operational capabilities unimaginable to its Soviet forbear,” said Sen. Mike Rounds, chair of a subcommittee overseeing the Pentagon’s cyber-security efforts.  “Ultimately, we will continue to struggle with cyber-enhanced information operation campaigns until we address the policy and strategy deficiencies that undermine our overall cyber posture.”

The initial report was disclosed in a March report to U.S. counterintelligence officials who are currently investigating possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Russia is suspected of interfering with the 2016 election in efforts to derail Hillary Clinton and bolster Trump.  The U.S. election interference campaign has included Trump associates as part of the investigation.

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