Microsoft again complained about the attacks of Russian hackers

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Microsoft again complained about the attacks of Russian hackers

The American IT corporation Microsoft again complained about attacks by hackers, allegedly connected with Russia. The company recorded attacks from the Nobelium group – it is considered Russian. Microsoft named Nobelium responsible for hacking SolarWinds software in 2020. Users from 36 countries were affected by the new attack.

Among them – users from the United States (45%), Britain (10%), Canada and Germany, Microsoft said. The attack targeted IT companies, government and non-government organizations, financial services and analytics centers. The corporation clarified that the hackers were able to gain access to only three institutions, the rest of the attacks failed. Microsoft has notified users of hacker attacks.

The corporation also found malicious software on a Microsoft customer support device. Through it, the attackers launched targeted attacks, they are confident in the corporation.

In December 2020, the United States suspected Russian hackers of hacking into the systems of the Ministry of Finance, the State Department, the Ministry of Energy, the Ministry of Defense and other government agencies through the updates of the SolarWinds IT company. In response to the accusations, the Russian embassy said that Moscow “does not conduct offensive operations in a virtual environment.”

After the cyberattack, the United States decided to allocate $ 150 million to Microsoft to improve security in the information environment. The decision did not find support from some members of Congress: in their opinion, Microsoft is not fulfilling its obligations in the field of cybersecurity.

The cyberattacks, in which Washington suspects Moscow, were discussed at a meeting between Russian and US Presidents Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden at a summit in Geneva in June. During the meeting, the American leader gave his colleague a list of sectors that should not be attacked by hackers.

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