Chinese and Iranian hackers targeted Biden and Trump campaigns, according to Google

A senior Google security official reported on Thursday that hackers backed by China have targeted personnel working on the U.S. presidential campaign of Democrat Joe Biden.

Former Vice President of the United States Joe Biden walking with supporters at a pre-Wing Ding march from Molly McGowan Park in Clear Lake, Iowa (by Gage Skidmore, licensed under the Creative Commonsย Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license)

The same official said Iranian hackers had recently targeted email accounts of staff in the campaign of Republican President Donald Trump.

Shane Huntley, the head of Googleโ€™s Threat Analysis Group, made the announcement on Twitter, indicating that it is the latest indication of the digital spying routinely aimed at top politicians, and also added that there was โ€œno sign of compromiseโ€ of either campaign.

Last year, Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) reported that a group often nicknamed as Charming Kitten attempted to hack email accounts of an unnamed U.S. presidential campaign that sources identified as suggests to be Trumpโ€™s.

Charming Kitten, the responsible group according to Google for targeting the Trump campaign, has also recently attacked the pharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences Inc (GILD.O).

Earlier this year, Reuters tied the group to attempts to impersonate high-profile media figures and journalists.

John Hultquist, senior director of intelligence analysis with U.S. cybersecurity firm FireEye Inc (FEYE.O), defined the two hacking groups as โ€œespionage actorsโ€ and underlined that most likely they were collecting intelligence than stealing material to leak online.

The FBI and Office of the Director of National Intelligence both declined to comment.

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