søndag 10. oktober 2021

Microsoft Details Biggest Threats to U.S. Cybersecurity; China, Russia Attacks Outlined

Most state-sponsored hacking, about 58 percent, pinpointed by Microsoft over the past year was carried out by Russia, which targeted government agencies and think tanks in the United States as well as Ukraine, Britain and European NATO members, according to a report from the technology company.

China accounted for fewer than 1 in 10 of the state-backed hacking attempts outlined in the report, but its success rate was 44 percent when it did attempt to break into networks, Microsoft said in its second annual Digital Defense Report. Russia has become notorious for its high-volume, state-backed hacking, and Microsoft's report provides rare insight on how it stacks up against the U.S.'s other adversaries. Overall, hacking of other governments has a 10-20 percent success rate, according to Cristin Goodwin, head of Microsoft's Digital Security Unit.

"It's something that's really important for us to try to stay ahead of—and keep driving that compromised number down—because the lower it gets, the better we're doing," Goodwin said.