The hackers behind SolarWinds ’cyber attack last year launched a new wave of attacks on more than 150 government agencies, think tanks, consultants, and NGOs from 24 countries.
Approximately 3,000 e-mail accounts were targeted, according to new findings from Microsoft, most of which are based in the U.S., with at least a quarter of organizations focused on international development, human rights, and human work.
In a blog post detailing the research, the tech giant said it was in the process of notifying all its customers that the Nobelium hacking group had been attacked, which the Russian state is supposed to support.
Nobelium is said to be behind the SolarWinds hack in December 2020, which saw hundreds of companies, as well as nine U.S. government agencies, infiltrate their networks. Although widely believed to have been fixed by the Russian government, the head of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) denied any involvement in the incident and labeled the allegations “pathetic”.
However, Tom Burt, corporate VP of security and customer confidence at Microsoft, said Nobelium’s activities tend to coincide with “issues of concern in the country in which they operate”.
“This is another example of how cyber attacks have become the tool of choice for a growing number of nation states to achieve different political goals, with the focus of these attacks. of the Nobelium in human rights and humanitarian organizations, “he added
According to Burt, Nobelium’s primary goal is to “gain access to trusted technology providers and infect their customers”. He also warned that “the country’s cyber attacks are not slow”.
“We need clear policies that govern nation-state behavior in cyberspace and clearly anticipate the consequences for violating those policies. We must continue the development rally that the Paris Call for Trust & Security in Cyberspace, and more widely use the recommendations of the Cybersecurity Tech Accord, and the CyberPeace Institute.But, we need to do more.Microsoft will continue to work with willing governments and the private sector to advance cause of digital peace, “he added.
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