Microsoft recently released statistics that reveal the scale of hacker attacks that dozens of high profile users have faced. Microsoft has revealed that there have been more than 13,000 alerts of state hacking attempts against Microsoft users in the past two years. Of these, more than half (52%) are of Russian descent, 25% from Iran and only 12% are from China, the current public enemy No. 1 of the United States.
The targets of Russian hackers range from the Olympics to elections in various countries, including non-profit groups, professional services and higher education. Microsoft also claims that Russian-linked hackers also attempted to invade 16 sports and anti-doping organizations on three continents after anti-doping investigations on several Russian athletes.
Russian hackers target anti-doping agencies
Iran, on the other hand, appears to be more politically oriented and has attacked 241 Microsoft accounts associated with a US presidential campaign, current and former US officials, political journalists and well-known Iranians living abroad.
In conclusion, China has also “attempted to obtain information on organizations associated with the upcoming US presidential election,” but has also been implicated in attacks on medical research institutions, both in the United States and in Asia. .
As part of its Defending Democracy program, Microsoft is offering free cybersecurity protections to users with existing Microsoft Office 365 products, including monitoring for possible hacking attempts by nation-state actors.
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