The Russian hacking group known as “Fancy Bear” used sophisticated phishing schemes to try to hack into the email accounts of more than 200 journalists, including dozens at the New York Times and other American outlets, the Associated Press reports. The effort involved fake emails meant to look like they came from Google’s Gmail Accounts Team, prompting users to click a link to review their sign-in history. It’s a scheme similar to the one used to hack into the emails of Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta in early 2016.
Per the AP, which cited data from the cybersecurity firm SecureWorks, journalists were the third-largest group targeted by Fancy Bear. The hacking attempts were said to take place from as early as mid-2014 to as recently as “a few months ago.” The hope was to expose the journalists’ private messages and emails in an attempt to discredit news outlets. Check out the full report here.