Microsoft: Russia behind 58% of state-backed hacks

Russia was responsible for a majority of state-sponsored hacks detected by Microsoft over the past year. Most target government agencies and think tanks in the U.S.

By

World News

October 7, 2021 - 9:18 AM

BOSTON (AP) — Russia accounted for most state-sponsored hacking detected by Microsoft over the past year, with a 58% share, mostly targeting government agencies and think tanks in the United States, followed by Ukraine, Britain and European NATO members, the company said.

The devastating effectiveness of the long-undetected SolarWinds hack — it mainly breached information technology businesses including Microsoft — also boosted Russian state-backed hackers’ success rate to 32% in the year ending June 30, compared with 21% in the preceding 12 months.

China, meanwhile, accounted for fewer than 1 in 10 of the state-backed hacking attempts Microsoft detected but was successful 44% of the time in breaking into targeted networks, Microsoft said in its second annual Digital Defense Report, which covers July 2020 through June 2021.

Related
December 21, 2020
December 14, 2020
July 18, 2019
August 21, 2018