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Russia intensifies hacking activity against the US and allies

After the start of the war in Ukraine, the Russian intelligence services increased the number of hacker attacks against the United States, allies and partners in order to collect intelligence and other valuable information.

This is stated in reportreleased by Microsoft on Wednesday under the title “Defending Ukraine: First Lessons from Cyber ​​Warfare”, Ukrinform reports.

The report reveals new information about Russian efforts, including a ramp-up of network access hacks, as well as espionage activities against other governments, non-profits and other organizations outside of Ukraine.

At the same time, it is noted that the efforts of the Russian Federation are partly based on a cyber strategy, covering at least three different, and sometimes coordinated actions. Among them are “destructive cyber-attacks in Ukraine, network penetration and espionage outside of Ukraine, as well as cyber-influence operations directed against people around the world.”

In addition, the Microsoft report reveals the details of complex and wide-ranging Russian foreign influence operations that have been designed to undermine the unity of the West.

In particular, it is noted that outside of Ukraine, the main target of the Russian special services were American organizations. At the same time, attacks were carried out on 42 states in order to acquire valuable information related to the war.

At the same time, Microsoft noted that it is difficult to assess the extent of the consequences of Russian cyber espionage, since many clients stored data on their systems, and not in Microsoft’s cloud computing infrastructure.

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Reportedly, the report presents the results of research conducted by Microsoft’s threat intelligence team. These efforts are aimed at creating a picture of the challenge landscape in cyberspace after the war unleashed by Russia against Ukraine.

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