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Microsoft Report Says Moscow Sandworm Hacking Group Is Preparing New Cyberattacks Against Ukraine

Washington: Russian hackers appear to be preparing a new wave of cyberattacks against Ukraine, including ‘ransomware-style’ threats against organizations serving Ukrainian supply lines, Microsoft research report said Wednesday.

Produced by the tech giant’s cybersecurity research and analytics team, the report outlines a series of new findings about how Russian hackers have operated during the Ukraine conflict and what might happen next.

Screenshot from the fancybear.net website of the Fancy Bears, one of Russia’s most feared hacking organizations. credit:APs

“Since January 2023, Microsoft has observed that Russia’s cyber threat activities have been coordinated to enhance its destructive and intelligence-gathering capabilities against the civilian and military assets of Ukraine and its partners,” the report said. the book says. One group “appears to be preparing for another devastating campaign.”

The findings come as Russia is introducing new troops to the battlefield in eastern Ukraine, according to Western security officials. warned that it could accelerate military activity over the anniversary of the invasion.

The Russian embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Experts say the tactics, which combine physical military operations and cyber technology, reflect previous Russian activity.


Emma Schroeder, Associate Director of the Atlantic Council’s Cyber ​​Statecraft Initiative, said:

Microsoft said that a particularly sophisticated Russian hacking team, known within the cybersecurity research community as Sandworm, “has added additional capabilities that could be used in devastating attacks against organizations outside of Ukraine that perform critical functions in Ukrainian supply lines. We discovered that we were testing ‘ransomware-style functionality’.

https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/russian-hackers-preparing-new-cyber-assault-against-ukraine-s-suppliers-microsoft-report-20230316-p5cskd.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_world Microsoft Report Says Moscow Sandworm Hacking Group Is Preparing New Cyberattacks Against Ukraine

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