A hacking group that appears to be linked to the Iranian government attempted to break into President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign, but did not succeed, sources familiar with the operation told Reuters on Friday.
Earlier in the day Microsoft said it had detected "significant" cyber activity by the group which also targeted current and former U.S. government officials, journalists covering global politics and prominent Iranians living outside Iran.
Trump's official campaign website is the only one of the remaining major contenders' sites that is linked to Microsoft's cloud email service, according to an inspection of publicly available records.
But Trump campaign’s Communications Director said, “We have no indication that any of our campaign infrastructure was targeted.”
Hacking to interfere in elections has become a concern for governments, especially since U.S intelligence agencies concluded that Russia ran a hacking and propaganda operation to disrupt the American democratic process in 2016.
Moscow has denied that meddling.
Meanwhile, tensions between the United States and Iran have spiked in recent monthS, with the U.S. blaming Iran for a series of attacks on oil infrastructure and shipping in the Persian Gulf, and for shooting down an unmanned American drone in June.
The Iranian government has denied those attacks and did not have any immediate comment on Microsoft's statement.