The aim of the attackers was to hack the personal accounts of company personnel. Protection mechanisms built into Microsoft goods have thwarted most threats.
Saturday, November 14, 2020, 22:23 GMT
In recent months, Microsoft has documented a series of hacker attacks on pharmaceutical firms and the production of coronavirus vaccines by government-related organizations from Russia and the DPRK. This was announced in a blog post by Microsoft’s vice president of defense, Tom Burt, on Friday, November 13.
“It is stated in a statement released by Microsoft that Russian hackers attempted to gain access to company employee accounts by brute force and “spraying” passwords (passwordspray).
In exchange, the Zinc and Cerium communities used phishing emails, including claiming to be World Health Organisation members.
Tom Burt says that Microsoft blocked most of the attacks . At the same time, he did not mention how many times hackers had tried to obtain access to vaccine company employee passwords, and how serious the leaks have been.
Microsoft recently said it had noticed signs of involvement in the US democratic process by a gang of cybercriminals from Russia, Iran and China ahead of the 2020 presidential election.
It was also announced that Russian hacker Alexei Burkov got a nine-year jail term for cyber theft in the United States.