Between June 2020 and July 2021, 58 percent of all government-related cyberattacks came from Russian soil. That’s what Microsoft says. North Korea, Iran, China and South Korea are among the top five countries that have carried out the highest number of cyberattacks.
Russian state agency attacks According to Microsoft Also increasingly successful. In 2020, the pass rate was 21 percent, and in 2021 it will be 32 percent. Russian attackers mainly targeted the intelligence services, ministries of the interior and foreign affairs, and defenses of the United States, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom.
Espionage is said to be the main driver of cyber attacks, although Microsoft says Iran has quadrupled its cyber attacks against Israel in the past year because the two countries are at odds. North Korea, according to Microsoft, has turned its attention to crypto companies to support its economy.
Microsoft said about 21 percent of the attacks targeted consumers, 79 percent of the attacks were against businesses, about 48 percent were government and nongovernmental organizations, and think tanks received 31 percent of the attacks. The industries most often targeted by “private” cybercriminals were the retail trade (13%), the financial sector (12%), the industrial sector (12%), the public sector (11%), and the medical sector (9%)). . According to Microsoft, they are after money and less on information.
Microsoft also mentions China in its report. From there, the Chromium mass hacker attacked Indian, Malaysian, Mongolian, Pakistani and Thai entities in order to obtain social, political and economic information. Another Chinese hacker group, Nickel, is said to have targeted foreign ministries in Europe and Central and South America. In the United States, the Chinese zirconium group was said to have targeted high-ranking individuals who closely participated in the recent US presidential election.
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