Microsoft Accuses Russia of Cyberattacks against Ukraine’s Allies

Microsoft accuses Russia

In the latest report on global information security, Microsoft accuses Russia of massive cyberattacks in connection with the war in Ukraine. It states that Russian hackers have carried out numerous cyber-espionage operations against Ukraine’s allied countries since the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

Let me remind you that we reported that Hacker groups split up: some of them support Russia, others Ukraine, and also that Russian Hackers Use Follina Vulnerability to Attack Users in Ukraine.

The cyber aspects of the armed conflict go far beyond the borders of Ukraine and reflect the unique nature of cyberspace.Voice of America journalists comment on the situation.
Brad Smith
Brad Smith

The Russian embassy in Washington did not immediately comment on Microsoft’s accusation. Russia has previously denied conducting cyber-espionage operations, as this is contrary to the principles of Russian foreign policy.

Specialists have already traced a number of devastating cyberattacks on Ukrainian organizations by Russian hacker groups since the start of the special operation.

Microsoft’s report states that researchers found 128 organizations in 42 countries outside of Ukraine that were subjected to spy-targeted hacks.

As a coalition of countries has come together to defend Ukraine, Russian intelligence agencies have stepped up network penetration and espionage activities targeting allied governments outside Ukraine.Microsoft President Brad Smith wrote.

According to Microsoft researchers, the United States, Denmark, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Poland, countries that provided critical support to Ukraine during the conflict, suffered the most attacks. Finland and Sweden, countries that have declared their desire to join NATO, also suffered.

Half of the 128 organizations targeted are government agencies and 12% are nongovernmental agencies, typically think tanks or humanitarian groups, according to the 28-page report. Other targets include telecommunications, energy and defense companies.the report notes.

According to Microsoft, hacking attacks were successful about 29 percent of the time, and in some cases led to the theft of valuable data.

The notable exception was Estonia, where since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, Microsoft has not detected any Russian cyber intrusions. The company believes that Estonia has implemented cloud computing, where attackers are easier to detect.

Significant weaknesses remain in the collective defense of some other European governments.Microsoft said, but did not name them.

Microsoft said Ukraine’s cyber defenses “proved to be stronger” overall than Russia’s capabilities in “waves of devastating cyberattacks against 48 different Ukrainian agencies and businesses.”

Microsoft said that Ukraine has also set an example in the field of data protection. A week before the Russian invasion, Ukraine moved from storing its data locally on servers in government buildings to storing that data in the cloud hosted in data centers across Europe.

By Vladimir Krasnogolovy

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