Microsoft: Russian state hackers behind 53% of attacks on US govt agencies

Microsoft says that Russian-sponsored hacking groups are increasingly targeting US government agencies, with roughly 58% of all nation-state attacks observed by Microsoft between July 2020 and June 2021 coming from Russia.

“Russian nation-state actors are increasingly targeting government agencies for intelligence gathering, which jumped from 3% of their targets a year ago to 53% – largely agencies involved in foreign policy, national security or defense,” said Tom Burt, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President for Customer Security & Trust.

The most active Russian-backed threat actor is an activity group tracked by Microsoft as Nobelium. This group pushed Russia to the top of the countries behind cyberattacks through its aggressive targeting of Western government entities and IT service providers starting with July 2020.

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Source: Bleeping Computer