Microsoft has taken control of six domains associated with a hacker group believed to be a part of Russian military intelligence, according to the company.
Company president Brad Smith blogged yesterday that Microsoft obtained a court order allowing it to seize the names, which it believes were to be used to attack institutions including the US Senate.
The domains in question look like they could be used in spear-phishing attacks.
The domains seized by Microsoft are hudsonorg-my-sharepoint.com, my-iri.org, adfs-senate.services, senate.group, office365-onedrive.com and adfs-senate.email. These attacks were aimed at two major conservative establishments, the International Republican Institute and the Hudson Institute, as well as the US Senate.