Microsoft reveals multiple Russian cyberattacks in Ukraine


hackers of the russian government conducted multiple cyber operations against Ukraine that appeared to support Moscow’s military attacks and online propaganda campaigns, Microsoft said in a report on Wednesday.

The reported intrusions – some of which have not previously been disclosed – suggest that hacking has played a larger role in the conflict than has been publicly known.

The digital onslaught, which Microsoft says began a year before Russia’s Feb. 24 invasion, may have laid the groundwork for different military missions in the war-torn territory, according to researchers.

Between February 23 and April 8, he said microsoftobserved a total of 37 destructive Russian cyberattacks in Ukraine.

The Russian embassy in Washington did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

The findings underscore how modern warfare can combine digital attacks and conventional, experts said

“Russian generals and spies have tried to make cyberattacks part of their war effort while fighting on the battlefield,” said Thomas Rid, professor of strategic studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University.

microsoft he said Russia’s military and hacking operations worked “in tandem against a shared set of goals.” The company said it couldn’t determine whether the correlation was driven by coordinated decision-making or simply goal coincidence.

For example, a timeline published by Microsoft showed that on March 1, the day a Russian missile was fired at the kyiv TV tower, the capital’s media outlets were hit with destructive hacking and cyber espionage.

In another case, the research team of cybersecurity The company recorded “suspected Russian actors” loitering around Ukrainian critical infrastructure in the northeastern city of Sumy, two weeks before widespread power outages were reported in the area on March 3.

The next day, according microsoft, Russian hackers broke into a government network in the central Ukrainian city of Vinnytsia. Two days later, missiles swept through the city’s airport.

Victor Zhora, a senior Ukrainian official from cybersecuritysaid on Wednesday that he continues to watch russian cyber attacks against local telecommunications companies and energy network operators

“I think they can mount more attacks against these sectors,” Zhora told reporters. “We shouldn’t underestimate Russian hackers, but we shouldn’t overestimate their potential either.”

Zhora thanked microsoftthe Government of the United States and numerous European allies for their support in matters of cybersecurity.

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