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Microsoft has stopped newly attempted cyberattacks by Russian hackers targeting U.S. political campaigns before the midterm elections, the company alleged Monday.

The tech giant acted on a court order last week, shutting down six fake internet domains operated by hackers associated with the Russian government, Microsoft said in a blog post.

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“Attackers want their attacks to look as realistic as possible and they therefore create websites and URLs that look like sites their targeted victims would expect to receive email from or visit. The sites involved in last week’s order fit this description,” Microsoft president Brad Smith wrote. “We’re concerned that these and other attempts pose security threats to a broadening array of groups connected with both American political parties in the run-up to the 2018 elections.”

The six domains are among the 84 fake websites Microsoft has shuttered in the past two years associated with hackers associated with the Russian government, the company said.

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