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Microsoft warns of further attacks of the solar wind hackers. Focus had lately been companies offering cloud services.

Microsoft warnt vor der Zunahme von Cyberangriffen auf Tech-Firmen. © Photo: DPA Microsoft warns about the increase in cyber attacks on tech companies.

The hackers behind the momentous cyberattick on the IT service provider SolarWinds are now targeting the knowledge of Microsoft dozens of the tech industry.

Since May, around 140 technology service providers have been informed about attacks, Microsoft's security researchers shared on Monday. With up to each tenth of them were the hackers have been successful .

About IT maintenance software of the company SolarWinds, which were also used by German Federal Authorities, had probably encountered espionage purposes in computer networks of US government agencies, including the Financial and Energy Ministry.

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The attack was detected at the end of last year. The exact extent of the captured information has not become public until today. The US government and IT security researchers suspect behind the Attack hackers with connections to the Russian foreign intelligence service . Moscow always rejected the allegations.

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Microsoft calls the hacker group "Nobelium" . Recently, she focused on companies to set up and servicing cloud services for other companies. They probably hoped to pre-feed the access to the service providers in the computer systems of their customers, the Microsoft experts explained.

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With such an attack method, online criminals have already been successful in the summer. Through an vulnerability at the IT service provider Kaseya , you could encrypt computers with customers and demand ransom.

Overall, since July 1, Microsoft has informed customers about nearly 23,000 attacks by "Nobelium", it continued. The success rate of the attacks lies in the low single-digit percentage range. "Recent activity is another indication that Russia tries to achieve long-term, systematic access to technology supply chains - and to create a mechanism that can now be monitored for the Russian government's interesting goals now or in the future," Describe the Microsoft experts. (dpa)

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