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Microsoft blames Russian hackers for attacks on Poland and Ukraine

11.11.2022, 11:31 De Lellis De Lellis

Hackers linked to Russia's military were very likely behind this October's ransomware attacks on Ukrainian and Polish transportation and logistics organizations. Microsoft said this on November 10, Ukrinform reports, citing CNN.

The hacks, attributed to a group allegedly working on behalf of Russia's GRU military intelligence agency, "did cause damage" at the transportation and logistics companies in Poland and Ukraine, a Microsoft spokesperson told CNN. The extent of the damage was unclear.

CNN notes that the same hackers caused power blackouts in parts of Ukraine in 2015 and 2016.

The GRU-linked ransomware attacks signal "increased risk to organizations directly supplying or transporting humanitarian or military assistance to Ukraine," researchers from Microsoft said in a statement.

As IMI reported, on April 7, 2022, Microsoft said that it had disrupted the attempts of Russian GRU-connected hackers to infiltrate Ukrainian, European, and American facilities.

According to Microsoft's report, just before the invasion, at least six separate Russia-aligned nation-state actors launched more than 237 operations against Ukrainian enterprises and state bodies.

Earlier, Digital Transformation Minister Mykhailo Fedorov said that Microsoft would work together with the Ukrainian government to document war crimes committed by the Russian invaders.

In June, Microsoft President Brad Smith said that amid the Russian troops' full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Russia's special services were waging a cyber war against Ukraine and the coalition of states that support the Ukrainians. Microsoft detected Russian network intrusion efforts on 128 organizations in 42 countries.

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