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Russian hackers preparing new attack against Ukraine, says Microsoft report

Russian hackers appear to be preparing a new wave of attacks against Ukraine, including a “ransomware-style” threat to organizations servicing supply lines, according to a Microsoft report released on Wednesday.

The report, authored by the tech giant’s cybersecurity research and analysis team, outlines a series of new findings about how Russian hackers have operated during the conflict in Ukraine and what could come next.

“Since January 2023, Microsoft has observed Russian cyberthreat activity adjusting to increase intelligence-gathering and destructive capability in Ukraine and its partners’ civilian and military assets,” the report reads. One group “appears to be gearing up for a new destructive campaign.”

The findings come as Russia introduces new troops to the battlefield in eastern Ukraine, according to Western security officials.

Ukraine’s Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov warned last month that Russia could step up its military activities around the February 24 anniversary of its invasion.

The Russian embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Experts say the tactic of combining physical military operations with digital techniques mirrors past Russian activity.

Source: CNN Brasil

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