Russia is reportedly responsible for most nation-state cyberattacks

  • The Russian government is responsible for the majority of cyberattacks originating from a nation-state, Microsoft researchers said in a new report.
  • Russia is trailed by Iran, China, and North Korea, according to the report, which measured Microsoft accounts that were “targeted or compromised by nation-state activities.”
  • During the 2016 US presidential election, hackers backed by the Russian government breached the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
  • Special counsel Robert Mueller eventually indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers for a variety of offenses related to the hacking. 
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Russian state-backed hackers are the most prolific of any government-backed hackers in the world, according to Microsoft’s first ever “Digital Defense Report.”

The lengthy report digs into ongoing trends in cybersecurity, and reveals that Russia is responsible for the most government-backed cyberattacks by far: Russia reportedly makes up over half, with Iran in a distant second

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Microsoft releases Digital Defense Report detailing increasingly advanced cyberattacks

There’s been a surge in cybersecurity activity as companies continue to operate remotely and cybercriminals look to exploit the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, organizations around the globe have also adopted remote work policies, leaving companies vulnerable to threats via remote networks, pandemic-related malware, and more. In recent months, there’s been a spike in cybersecurity attacks during the pandemic. In April, the FBI reported cybercriminal activity had increased fourfold. At the time, the agency’s Internet Crime Complaint Center was receiving up to 4,000 complaints per day. On Tuesday, Microsoft released its annual Digital Defense Report providing a glimpse of the trends shaping the cybersecurity landscape during the last year.

“This report makes it clear that threat actors have rapidly increased in sophistication over the past year, using techniques that make them harder to spot and that threaten even the savviest targets,” said Tom Burt,

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