What you need to know
- Microsoft has released a new report stating that Nobelium, a "Russian nation-state actor," is targeting companies in the global IT supply chain ecosystem.
- This hacking group is cited as being the same one responsible for the SolarWinds situation that took place across 2020 and early 2021, which was a big enough cyberattack that the U.S. government had to directly combat it.
- The latest Nobelium strike targets resellers and those providing cloud technology services.
Microsoft President Brad Smith called late 2020's SolarWinds hack "the largest and most sophisticated attack the world has ever seen," when discussing the severity of the situation on 60 Minutes. Now, the group behind that infamous attack, Russian state actor Nobelium, is back at it again, according to a new Microsoft report (opens in new tab).
Microsoft's been keeping an eye on the situation since May 2021, and has notified over 140 companies to watch their backs in the wake of Nobelium's latest efforts. Microsoft reports that up to 14 companies have been compromised by the new attacks. As to what that said attacks are, here's how the Redmond tech giant describes the Russian hackers' recent activities:
Microsoft's report says the aforementioned findings are being shared so that cloud service resellers are aware of the threat and can better avoid falling victim to Nobelium's activities. If you need a refresher on how much of 2021 has been dominated by Russian hackers, Microsoft has in-depth findings on that exact topic as well.
Robert Carnevale is the News Editor for Windows Central. He's a big fan of Kinect (it lives on in his heart), Sonic the Hedgehog, and the legendary intersection of those two titans, Sonic Free Riders. He is the author of Cold War 2395. Have a useful tip? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If only there was some kind of National Security Agency setup to protect people and businesses from being hacked by hackers.
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