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Russia Challenges Biden Again With Broad Cybersurveillance Operation


A Microsoft facility.

Microsoft said it recently notified more than 600 organizations that they had been the target of about 23,000 attempts to enter their systems.

Credit: Eva Hambach/Agence France-Presse Getty Images

Russia's premier intelligence agency has launched another campaign to pierce thousands of U.S. government, corporate and think-tank computer networks, Microsoft officials and cybersecurity experts warned on Sunday, only months after President Biden imposed sanctions on Moscow in response to a series of sophisticated spy operations it had conducted around the world.

The new effort is "very large, and it is ongoing," Tom Burt, one of Microsoft's top security officers, said in an interview. Government officials confirmed that the operation, apparently aimed at acquiring data stored in the cloud, seemed to come out of the S.V.R., the Russian intelligence agency that was the first to enter the Democratic National Committee's networks during the 2016 election.

While Microsoft insisted that the percentage of successful breaches was small, it did not provide enough information to accurately measure the severity of the theft.

From The New York Times
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