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Latest Russian cyberattack targeting hundreds of U.S. networks -Microsoft

Latest Russian cyberattack targeting hundreds of U.S. networks -Microsoft
Latest Russian cyberattack targeting hundreds of U.S. networks -Microsoft   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2021   -  
By Reuters

<div> <p><span class="caps">WASHINGTON</span> -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 U.S.-based computer systems, Microsoft said in a blog post.</p> <p>Microsoft, in a blog post dated Oct. 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 Oct. 19 that they had been attacked.</p> <p>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. </p> <p>U.S. cybersecurity officials could not be immediately reached to confirm the report.</p> <p>U.S. 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.”</p> <p>“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.</p> </div>