Microsoft Says Latest Russian Cyberattack Targeting Hundreds of US Networks

Microsoft said, “This recent activity is another indicator that Russia is trying to gain long-term, systematic access.”

Microsoft Says Latest Russian Cyberattack Targeting Hundreds of US Networks

Microsoft told the New York Times that just a small percent of the latest attempts were successful

Highlights
  • Nobelium's latest wave targeted resellers and other tech service provider
  • US officials confirmed the operation was underway
  • Russia is trying to gain long-term, systematic access

The Russian-based agency behind last year's massive SolarWinds cyberattack has targeted hundreds more companies and organizations in its latest wave of attacks on US-based computer systems, Microsoft said in a blog post.

Microsoft, in a blog post dated October 24, said Nobelium's latest wave targeted "resellers and other technology service providers" of cloud services. Those attacks were part of a broader campaign over the summer, Microsoft said, adding it had notified 609 customers between July 1 and October 19 that they had been attacked.

Just a small percent of the latest attempts were successful, Microsoft told the New York Times, which first reported the breach, but it gave no further details.

US cybersecurity officials could not be immediately reached to confirm the report.

US officials 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.

© Thomson Reuters 2021


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