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SolarWinds hackers claim three new victims in fresh breach, says Microsoft

Microsoft didn’t identify the victims but said it had alerted the hacked entities through its nation-state notification process.

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| Updated on: Aug 21 2022, 18:16 IST
These hackers are a part of the same group of state-sponsored Russian hackers who used sophisticated intrusion techniques in 2020 to infect with malware as many as 18,000 customers of the Texas-based software company, SolarWinds Corp.
These hackers are a part of the same group of state-sponsored Russian hackers who used sophisticated intrusion techniques in 2020 to infect with malware as many as 18,000 customers of the Texas-based software company, SolarWinds Corp. (REUTERS)

Microsoft said the hackers behind the SolarWinds cyberattack recently compromised a new trio of victims using access to one of the company's customer support agents.

The hacked portal used by the individual agent contained information for a “small number of customers,” which the attackers used to launch a “highly-targeted” attack,” Microsoft said Friday in a blog post. The company said it has since removed the attackers and secured the compromised device.

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Microsoft didn't identify the victims but said it had alerted the hacked entities through its nation-state notification process. Microsoft's Threat Intelligence Center attributed the attack to a group called “Nobelium.” 

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That's the same group of state-sponsored Russian hackers who used sophisticated intrusion techniques in 2020 to infect with malware as many as 18,000 customers of the Texas-based software company, SolarWinds Corp.

Microsoft said Nobelium targeted IT companies, governments, non-profits, think tanks, and financial services entities across 36 countries during the recent attack. “The activity was largely focused on US interests, about 45%, followed by 10% in the UK, and smaller numbers from Germany and Canada,” the Redmond, Washington-based software maker said in the blog.

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