Microsoft has released statistics that reveal the scale of the hacking attacks faced by high-profile users. Microsoft has revealed that there have been 13,000 alerts in the past two years about state-sponsored hacking attempts against Microsoft users. More than half (52 per cent) are from Russia and 25 per cent from Iran. Russian hackers targeted accounts from the Olympics to elections in several countries, as well as nonprofits, professional services and higher education.
Microsoft said Russian-linked hackers also tried to break into the accounts of 16 sports and anti-doping organizations on three continents in the face of a doping investigation into Russian athletes.
Iranian hackers are more focused on politics, attacking at least 241 Microsoft accounts linked to the U.S. presidential campaign, current and former U.S. officials, political journalists and prominent Iranians living abroad.
Other countries “tried to obtain intelligence on organizations linked to the upcoming U.S. presidential election”, but also attacked medical research institutions in the United States and Asia.
As part of its “Defend Democracy” program, Microsoft provides free cyber security protection to users of existing Microsoft Office 365 products, including monitoring potential state-backed hacking attempts.
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