Russian hackers targeting European governments before elections, security firm warns

Cybersecurity firm FireEye has said that one of the groups involved is Fancy Bear which played a role in hacking the US Democratic Party in 2016.

(CNN)Russian state-linked hackers are increasing their efforts targeting governments in Europe, a top cybersecurity firm has warned ahead of the European Parliament elections in May.

Among the two groups involved is Fancy Bear, otherwise known as APT28, which played a role in the hacking of the US Democratic Party ahead of the 2016 presidential election, the firm FireEye said. The other group is known as Sandworm Team.
FireEye said it had observed an uptick in the targeting of European government departments and agencies since mid-2018. The hackers have also targeted media outlets in France and Germany, FireEye added.