The hacker group Nobelium, which is believed to be responsible for a cyber attack using SolarWinds software discovered late last year, has again attacked government agencies, think tanks, consulting and non-governmental organizations in the United States, Microsoft Corp. reported on Thursday.
This week. According to the company, cybercriminals from Nobelium hacked the e-mail account of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and launched phishing attacks on other organizations on behalf of the agency. As a result of the operation, “about 3,000 e-mail accounts in more than 150 different organizations” were attacked.
Observers are questioning whether the information about the attack will affect the planned summit of the presidents of the United States and Russia.
“The Biden-Putin summit is likely to be at risk given Russia’s news of USAID’s cyber-hacking and attempts to gain access to the systems of numerous human rights and government organizations. airlines to Europe “, – tweets today economist Timothy Ash, an expert on Ukraine.
“Before the rally with Biden, Putin wants to see what he can do without consequences, from the treatment of Navalny and his organization, to the support of Lukashenko (including the cancellation of the Air France flight),” tweets Josh Rudolf, German Marshall Fund expert.
“I wonder if the hacking attack on USAID is escalating. It would have been the norm in normal times, but not now. Biden warned Putin after the Solar Winds incident, so Putin could have stepped off the pedal as the summit approached.” writes Jay Healy, Senior Research Fellow, Columbia University School of International and Public Relations (SIPA).
According to Microsoft, the attacks unveiled on Thursday were apparently a continuation of attempts to attack foreign government agencies as part of intelligence gathering.
According to Microsoft, although most of the targets of the attack were in the United States, the attackers also tried to attack organizations in at least 24 countries.
The United States and Britain have blamed Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service (FIS) for last year’s crackdown, which affected nine US federal agencies and hundreds of private sector companies.
This month, the head of Russian intelligence has already denied responsibility for the cyber attack on SolarWinds, saying he was “flattered” by accusations by the United States and Britain that Russian intelligence was behind the subtle attack.
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