Microsoft: Russian hackers and military worked in tandem

Russian hackers and military worked in tandem, according to the report by Microsoft’s Digital Security Unit, leveraging the intelligence and findings of the Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center and data analysis of Microsoft’s AI for Good Research Lab,

  • Russian government hackers have carried out at least 37 cyber-attacks against Ukraine between Feb. 23 and April 8, Microsoft said in its latest report.
  • The tech giant’s researchers also found that hacking and military operations worked in tandem, focusing on the same targets, but Microsoft said it wasn’t clear whether there was a co-ordinated plan or they were just driven by shared goals.
  • Destructive attacks have been a prominent component of Russian cyber operations during war.
  • This report details the cyber activity Microsoft has observed as part of the war in Ukraine, and the work we have done in collaboration with Ukrainian cybersecurity officials and private sector enterprises to defend against cyberattacks. Microsoft’s ongoing, daily engagement establishes that the cyber component of Russia’s assault on Ukraine has been destructive and relentless.
  • The purpose of this report is to provide insights into the scope, scale, and methods of Russia’s use of cyber capabilities as part of the largescale “hybrid” war in Ukraine, to acknowledge the work of organizations in Ukraine defending against persistent adversaries, and to provide strategic recommendations to organizations worldwide.

Read the report 

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