Reuters reported that foreign hackers were attacking the emails of U.S. presidential candidates, with the personal email accounts of President Donald Trump and Democratic front-runner Joe Biden under threat. Analysts say some hackers with senior backgrounds have tried to target members of the Biden campaign team, while other alleged Iranian hackers have targeted the email accounts of Trump campaign staffers.
Shane Huntley, head of Google’s threat analysis team, said in a tweet that hackers had made phishing attempts against U.S. presidential candidates and showed no sign of stopping them.
A Google spokesman also told TheVerge that the company had not seen evidence that any attack had been successful and had not forwarded the information to federal law enforcement officials.
Even so, Google encourages campaign team members to provide additional protection for their work and personal email accounts, such as two-step verification and advanced security provided by Google.
Matt Hill, the Biden campaign’s press secretary, said they were aware of the phishing attempt and that the campaign would remain vigilant and prepared for cybersecurity.
A spokesman for the Trump campaign also said it had been told that foreign hackers had failed to break through the security lines it deployed and were equally vigilant about cybersecurity, but did not discuss any further precautions.