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May 28, 2021, 12:11 PM

Russian Hackers Resume U.S. Cyber Offensive, Microsoft Says (1)

Jamie Tarabay
Jamie Tarabay
Bloomberg News

The Russian hackers behind the SolarWinds campaign have escalated their attacks on U.S. federal agencies, think tanks and non-governmental organizations as part of intelligence gathering efforts on behalf of their government, Microsoft Corp. said late Thursday.

In a blog post, Microsoft Vice President Tom Burt said this past week’s attack -- which is still ongoing -- granted access to about 3,000 email accounts at more than 150 organizations by infiltrating a digital marketing service used by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), called Constant Contact.

The hackers distributed phishing emails, among them “Special Alerts,” declaring that ...