War on Ukraine: Russian hackers attack 42 countries

Status: 06/23/2022 07:18 a.m

A barely perceptible but not insignificant part of the war against Ukraine is taking place in cyberspace. Microsoft has noticed an increase in Russian hacker attacks in the past four months.

Microsoft experts have detected attacks by Russian hackers in 42 countries since the start of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine. The company said a total of 128 organizations were affected.

At the beginning of the war, Russian troops attacked the Ukrainian government’s data center, Microsoft writes in its report. Ukraine overcame the attacks by the government moving its digital infrastructure to the cloud.

The USA was the most important target

In several waves, Russian hackers then launched attacks against 48 Ukrainian organizations to destroy software and data. Some of the attacks were successful, but overall the defense was good, Microsoft said.

According to the report, there were also cyber attacks in other countries. According to Microsoft, the USA was the most important target – but also, for example, Poland, which coordinated humanitarian aid for Ukraine. The Baltic States were also affected, as were Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Turkey and other NATO countries.

Unequal Defense

According to Microsoft, Russia is particularly interested in government computers belonging to NATO member states. But non-governmental organizations, IT companies, energy companies and other important infrastructure operators are also affected.

There are some defense mechanisms, but these are unevenly distributed across countries. Therefore, the common defense options remained low, according to Microsoft.

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