Microsoft Disrupts Russian Cyberattacks Targeting Ukraine

Daniel Attoe
Daniel Attoe

Updated · Apr 08, 2022


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The cyberattacks also took aim at entities in the United States and the European Union.

Group Linked to Russian Intelligence

Microsoft announced on Thursday that it “disrupted” cyberattacks originating from Russia that targeted Ukraine. The hacking group responsible also fixed on institutions in the United States and European Union.

The tech giant claims that it detected attacks from Strontium, a “Russian GRU-connected actor”. Microsoft had been tracking the hackers for years. Yesterday, the company discovered the internet infrastructure used by the group and took action.

“On Wednesday, April 6th, we obtained a court order authorizing us to take control of seven internet domains Strontium was using to conduct these attacks,” Tom Burt, Corporate Vice President, Customer Security & Trust said in a statement. 

“We have since re-directed these domains to a sinkhole controlled by Microsoft, enabling us to mitigate Strontium’s current use of these domains and enable victim notifications.”

Strontium has links to GRU, Russia’s military intelligence agency.

Microsoft understands that the group’s targets include media bodies, as well as other organizations, in Ukraine. The hackers also focused on government bodies and think tanks in the US and European Union.

The company did not name any of the organizations involved in the attacks.

Strontium aimed to establish “long-term access” to systems belonging to its targets and then spy on them to extract sensitive information.

Ukraine has come under a barrage of cyberattacks since Russia began a “special military operation” in the country in February. In March, US President Joe Biden warned of a growing cyber threat on American institutions and companies from Russia.

So far, Microsoft has gained control of over 100 domains used by Strontium for attacks.


Daniel Attoe

Daniel Attoe

Daniel is an Economics grad who fell in love with tech. His love for books and reading pushed him into picking up the pen - and keyboard. Also a data analyst, he's taking that leap into data science and machine learning. When not writing or studying, chances are that you'll catch him watching football or face-deep in an epic fantasy novel.

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