Microsoft’s Digital Defense Report highlights Russia as the biggest threat to the U.S. when it comes to cyber-attacks. The report notes attacks from China, North Korea, and Iran, but says attacks from Russia are far more prolific. Tom Burt, Microsoft corporate vice president, stated “During the past year, 58% of all cyber-attacks observed by Microsoft from nation-states have come from Russia.” Most of the attacks from Russian-backed threat actors come from a group called Nobelium, also known as APT28. The report also indicates Russian nation-state actors’ attacks on US government agencies rose from 3% to 53% over the last year. Microsoft believes the Russian hackers are motivated by the nation’s politics as their primary targets are the US, Ukraine, and the UK.
Written by: Nataliia Zdrok, Threat Intelligence Analyst at Binary Defense Russia’s invasion of Ukraine increased