Microsoft Corporation said Russia would intensify its cyber efforts amid Vladimir Putin's raging war in Kyiv to disrupt military and humanitarian supply chains and weaken allies support for Ukraine.
What Happened: Microsoft s General Manager Of Digital Threat Analysis Center, Clint Watts, on the company's On the Issues blog urged customers to prepare for more Russian cyber attacks over the winter.
Russian military intelligence actors recently executed a ransomware-style attack known as Prestige in Poland may be a harbinger of Russia extending cyberattacks beyond the borders of Ukraine, Watts said.
Russia has launched complementary cyber attacks on Ukraine and its foreign-based supply chains, as well as missile and drone attacks on Ukraine's civilian infrastructure, according to a video by Putin Ally Reacts To The Video Of Defector Killed By Sledgehammer: A Dog Receives A Dog's Death
Watts said these efforts are intended to undermine US, EU, and NATO political support for Ukraine, and to shake the confidence and determination of Ukrainian citizens. The general manager warned that although the Russian efforts to amplify popular dissent have had a limited impact, they foreshadow what may become broadening tactics during the winter ahead. In November, Microsoft blamed Moscow for the attacks on infrastructure companies in Ukraine and Poland in October, aimed at attacking companies that provide military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine.
Since Ukraine war onset, Russia has repeatedly hacked into Ukrainian satellite systems, energy companies, and other critical infrastructure, galvanizing international worries about how Putin will deploy Moscow's sophisticated cyber capabilities.
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