The hackers behind the large-scale cyberattack on US governments and businesses late last year have re-opened attacks on US governments, think tanks, consultancies and non-governmental organizations, Microsoft says.
Last year, hackers managed to break into the networks of several ministries through the attack on security software company SolarWinds.
“This week, we observe cyber attacks by Nobelium, which attacks government agencies, think tanks, consultants and NGOs,” Microsoft said. Nobelium, a hacker collective from Russia, was also behind the SolarWinds hack, according to Microsoft.
“This attack wave targeted about 3,000 email accounts from more than 150 different organizations,” Microsoft reports.
Although the lion’s share of the attacks was on American targets, the victims came from as many as 24 countries. At least a quarter of the attacked parties are active in international development, humanitarian affairs and human rights work.
The American and British intelligence services suspect the Russian foreign intelligence and security service SVR of having ultimate responsibility for the SolarWindshack.