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Live News Updates: Microsoft says it disrupted cyber attacks by a state-backed Russian hacking group

Microsoft said it uncovered attempts by a state-backed Russian hacking group to hack into US and EU government institutions to conduct cyberespionage as part of supporting Russia’s ground invasion of Ukraine.

in one blog entry On Thursday, Microsoft said it disrupted cyberattacks that it attributed to Strontium, a hacking group linked to Russia’s military intelligence agency. These targeted US and EU government agencies and think tanks “involved in foreign policy,” as well as Ukrainian institutions such as media organizations, it said.

“We believe Strontium was attempting to establish long-term access to its targets’ systems, provide tactical support for the physical invasion, and filter out sensitive information,” wrote Tom Burt, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of customer, security & trust, in the post .

It is unclear whether any attempts to crack down on the unnamed victims were successful. However, Microsoft said it received a court order on Wednesday authorizing the company to take control of seven Internet domains used by Strontium to carry out the attacks, thereby preventing further hacking attempts.

Microsoft said that since the invasion of Russia, the company has “monitored almost all of Russia’s nation-state actors involved in the ongoing full-scale offensive against the Ukrainian government and critical infrastructure.”

https://www.ft.com/content/c45cbce9-741a-4934-9918-3fc4dfb82346 Live News Updates: Microsoft says it disrupted cyber attacks by a state-backed Russian hacking group

Adam Bradshaw

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