Microsoft Warns About Russian Cyberattack ( Nobelium ) at US Cloud Services

A Microsoft blog post dated October 24th reveals that hackers based in Russia are targeting hundreds of networks belonging to the United States. Microsoft efforts accelerated this summer when it became aware that hackers were using reseller partner networks to launch digital strikes against customers who had purchased cloud services from tech giants like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform .

Nobelium s considered by many to be one of the most destructive and well-funded cyber armies. Russian nation-state actor Nobelium shows they are possibly involved in another cyberattack targeting Microsoft, Google and Amazon. Russia is stepping up its efforts to gain access and monitor U.S.-based technology companies for long-term surveillance, as indicated by recent activity from Nobelium. Russia is trying to gain long-term, systematic access to a variety of points in the technology supply chain and establish mechanisms for surveilling – now or in the future – targets of interest

The Russian-based agency behind last year’s massive SolarWinds cyber attack has targeted hundreds more companies and organizations in its latest wave of attacks on U.S.-based computer systems. The episode is part of a more extensive campaign by Russian intelligence agencies, with the goal being to steal information and identities from government, military, academic, and other high-profile targets.

Microsoft notified 609 victims between July 1st through October 19th

Nobelium attacked 22,868 times with a low single-digit success rate

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We’ve also been coordinating with others in the security community to improve our knowledge of, and protections against, Nobelium’s activity, and we’ve been working closely with government agencies in the U.S. and Europe. While we are clear-eyed that nation-states, including Russia, will not stop attacks like these overnight, we believe steps like the cybersecurity executive order in the U.S., and the greater coordination and information sharing we’ve seen between industry and government in the past two years, have put us all in a much better position to defend against them.

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Microsoft has warned users that their systems have been targeted in a new wave of attacks from the Russian-based agency behind last year’s massive Solar Winds cyber attack.

Microsoft added in their statement: This recent activity is another indicator Russia trying gain long term systemic access to points of the technology supply chain and establishes a mechanism for surveilling – now or later targets they are interested on behalf of the government.

The Times confirmed that the U.S., in coordination with allies, was underway with an operation to protect its technology supply chain from Russia who has been hacking into cloud services providers and seeking long-term access points for surveillance targets on behalf of Vladimir Putin’s government.

“Along with the U.S., this cyberattack has affected organizations across 12 other countries worldwide.

The security company Symantec has confirmed that it’s aware of these attacks but doesn’t know how many networks have been compromised yet or what data they’ve stolen so far. It is still unclear whether any damage was done to critical infrastructures like power plants or airports as well as if there were any casualties involved in this incident.
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