Microsoft: Russian state-backed hackers targeted Ukrainian allies

Microsoft reports state-backed Russian hackers have targeted allies of Ukraine with infiltrations and espionage, affecting various sectors globally. Successful attacks have resulted in data theft, with Russia conducting an information war to shape public opinion in support of the conflict.

Since the start of the Ukraine war, Russian state-backed hackers have engaged in network infiltration and espionage operations against 128 businesses in 42 countries that are allied with Ukraine, Microsoft claimed in a new report.

While Russian hackers prioritised NATO governments, they have also launched attacks against think tanks, humanitarian organisations, IT companies, and critical infrastructure. Microsoft estimates that 29% of identified attacks were successful, with a quarter of those leading to data theft. Microsoft also asserts that Russia is conducting an information war to influence public opinion in favour of the conflict domestically and overseas.