Suspected Russian state-sponsored hackers behind multiple attacks on the global supply chain

Microsoft recently informed over 600 of its customers about 22,868 separate attacks by a single threat actor over a four month period. That actor—known as Nobelium—is a hacking group suspected of being affiliated with the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR).

The recent wave came between July 1 and October 19 this year, and included over 140 retail companies and technology service providers. Tom Burt, Corporate Vice President at Microsoft says “as many as 14” of these were left compromised, though of the 600+ other targets, Burt declares the hacking success rate to be “in the low single digits,” (via. BleepingComputer).

To put the numbers into perspective, whether or not the attacks were successful, the recent wave includes more instances in the past four or so months than the past three years combined. As Burt notes, “by comparison, prior to July 1, 2021, we had notified customers about attacks from all nation-state actors 20,500 times over the past three years.”

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