Microsoft Says Latest Russian Cyberattack Targeting Hundreds of US Networks


The Russian-based company behind final yr’s huge SolarWinds cyberattack has focused a whole bunch extra firms and organizations in its newest wave of assaults on US-based pc techniques, Microsoft mentioned in a weblog put up.

Microsoft, in a weblog put up dated October 24, mentioned Nobelium’s newest wave focused “resellers and other technology service providers” of cloud providers. Those assaults have been half of a broader marketing campaign over the summer season, Microsoft mentioned, including it had notified 609 clients between July 1 and October 19 that that they had been attacked.

Just a small p.c of the newest makes an attempt have been profitable, Microsoft told the New York Times, which first reported the breach, however it gave no additional particulars.

US cybersecurity officers couldn’t be instantly reached to substantiate the report.

US officers confirmed to the Times that the operation was underway, with one unnamed senior administration official calling it “unsophisticated, run-of-the mill operations that could have been prevented if the cloud service providers had implemented baseline cybersecurity practices.”

“This recent activity is another indicator that Russia is trying to gain long-term, systematic access to a variety of points in the technology supply chain and establish a mechanism for surveilling – now or in the future – targets of interest to the Russian government,” Microsoft wrote.

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