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Russian hackers who compromised DNC are trying to attack the US Senate

The same hackers were reportedly associated with the hacking of the DNC, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and other liberal targets during the 2016 presidential election campaign

The Russia-linked hackers suspected of breaching the Democratic National Committee (DNC) during the 2016 presidential campaign are reportedly targeting the United States Senate now, according to reports.

The hacking group, known as "Fancy Bear", since last June has reportedly been setting up fake websites which mimic the Senate's login server, in an attempt to trick the staffers of the Senate to enter their credentials on the site, according to the findings released by the cybersecurity firm Trend Micro on Friday.

Reports state that this method of tricking computer users to divulge their personal information is called "phishing," and it suggests that the Russian government is reportedly attempting the lay the groundwork of compromising US Senate employees on a wide scale, Politico reported.

This method of tricking computer users to divulge their personal information is called "phishing" (Getty Images)

The hackers have designed these websites to look like the login page of the Senate's email server. Reports state that the public cannot easily access the real Senate login page. The information on the page can be only used when the users on the internal Senate network. 

The Trend Micro researchers, however, said that the Russian phishing campaign can be seen as a preparatory step for an attempt to access information on Senate employees.

"In case an actor already has a foothold in an organization after compromising one user account,” the researchers said in their report, “credential phishing could help him get closer to high profile users of interest.”

The Russian phishing campaign can be seen as a preparatory step for an attempt to access information on Senate employees (Getty Images)

The report also mentioned how Fancy Bears hackers have also been attempting to target Olympic sports organizations. Reports state that the Russia-linked hackers also targeted Iranians before their country's 2017 presidential election.

The same hackers were reportedly associated with the hacking of the DNC, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and other liberal targets during the 2016 presidential election campaign.

The US intelligence officials, after their investigations, had established that the hackers were linked with the Kremlin and were attempting to influence a Donald Trump win, who was the Republican nominee for the elections last year.

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