The domain takedowns represent Microsoft's latest effort to thwart what it says are hacking attempts by a group known as "Fancy Bear", or APT28, that is linked to the Russian government. But he agreed that what Microsoft found did not appear related to the election.
Strontium also appeared to target conservative think tanks the Hudson Institute and the International Republican Institute.
Microsoft said it had shut down 84 fraudulent websites over the past two years.
But the important moment was the setting up of the Defending Democracy Program earlier this year, out of which has emerged AccountGuard, a free service that it says will defend political candidates at national, state and local levels of U.S. democracy from hackers.
Microsoft said it had no evidence the hackers succeeded in compromising any user credentials or stole any data.
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Last month, Microsoft said Russian hackers targeted the staff of several US Senators using similar techniques.
Hackers used domains similar to those of the institutions in an apparent attempt to get access to information like passwords and other data, Microsoft said.
Microsoft said the websites could have been used to launch cyber attacks on candidates and political groups ahead of the November mid-term elections.
Fancy Bear has been accused of targeting American officials and organizations on numerous occasions, and is believed to be associated with the Russian government, and specifically the GRU intelligence agency.
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Reuters last week that the FBI was investigating a cyber attack on the congressional campaign of David Min, a Democratic candidate who lost a June primary for California's 45th Congressional district.
The campaigns of Dr. Hans Keirstead and David Min, both of whom lost in California's June primaries, were breached, but the groups responsible for the attacks have not been made public and may not be known.
The objective of this fake websites is to trick unsuspecting users into entering their credentials, which attackers could then use to mount other attacks leading up to the mid-term elections.
The International Republican Institute is an organization that promotes democracy, and its board includes big-name Republicans including former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.), Sen.
Microsoft said it had no evidence that the hackers had been able to use any of the login information before the sites were removed from the web.
The candidates most at risk are those with smaller campaigns and little expertise in cyber security, Franklin said.
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For most of its existence, Microsoft has skirted around politics as much as possible.