Microsoft says Iranian hackers threaten US, Israeli and EU defense companies

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Moscow. October 12. INTERFAX.RU – Microsoft said that hackers associated with Iran have been threatening defense companies from the United States, the European Union and Israel since July. The corporation wrote about this on its website.

According to Microsoft, cybercriminals are interested in technologies related to drones, satellites and communication systems. At the same time, the company indicated that most of the attacks were prevented and hackers managed to compromise the passwords of only 20 companies.

Microsoft added that the systems of several shipping and cargo companies doing business in the Middle East were also at risk of hacking. The corporation believes Iran is trying to gain access to commercial satellite imagery and supply plans to compensate for the shortcomings of its evolving communications system.

Earlier, Microsoft analysts concluded that Russia is behind 58% of state-supported cyberattacks. The calculations were based on the company's own data on cyberattacks in the world. In 2020-2021, according to Microsoft, the DPRK was in second place in terms of the number of attacks: the share of its cyber attacks increased from about 11% to 23%. The share of cyber attacks related to the PRC decreased from 12% to 8%, but the company noted that the degree of their success reached 44%.

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