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Russian Hackers Also Targeted US, NATO Since Invasion

June 22, 2022, 3:00 PM

Russia is expanding its espionage and influence operations against Ukraine and its allies, including malicious cyber activity that requires a coordinated, robust response, Microsoft Corp said in a report published Wednesday.

Russia has deployed a three-pronged strategy of coordinated military, cyber and propaganda efforts since it invaded Ukraine in February, Microsoft said. The cyberattacks included “wiper” malware that Russian hackers deployed against Ukrainian computer systems, the company said, and malware masquerading as legitimate emails.

Nearly two-thirds of Russian cyber espionage targets outside Ukraine were NATO countries, with nearly half of all campaigns directed at government agencies, according to the report. Russian hackers have most frequently tried to ...