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Russia, Ukraine and China, this is the reality of cyber warfare

Analysis conducted by Microsoft indicates an increase in cyberattacks targeting critical infrastructure

the war between Russia Y Ukraine It started months ago but it is not only fought through physical attacks, but part of the strategy includes the development of cyber attacks. These breaches of electronic devices belonging to the enemy were recorded in a report by microsoft on digital defense that summarizes these specific incidents in data.

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The document prepared by the company technologycalled Microsoft Digital Defense Reportpresented this year, indicates an increase in twenty % of cyber attacks directed at critical infrastructures that were produced worldwide and detected by Microsoft, with which this figure reached 40%the highest recorded to date.

This increase, according to the public document, could be explained by the attempt being made to damage the Ukrainian infrastructure and by espionage aggressively directed at the allies of Ukraineincluding the USAwhich was identified as the country targeted by the most cyberattacks in the world followed by the Kingdom United.

Microsoft's Digital Defense Report identified US companies as the country receiving the most attempted cyberattacks, followed by the UK. (Capture)
Microsoft’s Digital Defense Report identified US companies as the country receiving the most attempted cyberattacks, followed by the UK. (Capture)
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Also, microsoft recommends that companies should further protect potential targets containing sensitive information. This can be achieved by activating protection through the cloud, as it identifies the threats that are new and those already known by the system.

Regarding the category to which the companies most likely to receive a computer attack belong, it was found that the 22% of these cases was specifically targeted at those within the information technologyfollowed by non-governmental organizations (NGO) with 17%, education with 14% and in fourth place the government with 10%.

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“Although nation-state actors can be technically sophisticated … their attacks can often be mitigated with good cyber hygiene,” the Microsoft document states. He adds that “many of these actors are supported by means of relatively low technology What phishing instead of investing in more advanced means”.

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Information technology companies are the most likely to be attacked according to the Microsoft report. (Capture)
Information technology companies are the most likely to be attacked according to the Microsoft report. (Capture)

Secondly, China It has also been involved in espionage attempts through cyber attacks with the aim of extracting information. According to the information presented by microsoftbetween February and March, a Chinese cybercriminal directed attacks against 100 beads related to an Asian organization that held meetings with the government of USA.

The Asian country has developed the ability to find “vulnerabilities day zero”: security breaches in some software that have not yet developed a park to prevent other organizations or states take advantage of them to violate the security of users and Business.

Cybercriminals continue to profit

The number of cybercriminals continues to grow and its attacks become increasingly sophisticated thanks to the use of new techniques and increasing complexity. According to microsoftIn the last year alone, the estimated number of password attacks per second increased by 74%.

The number of cybercriminals continues to rise and their attacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated thanks to the use of new techniques and increasing complexity. (Photo: cybercrime)
The number of cybercriminals continues to rise and their attacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated thanks to the use of new techniques and increasing complexity. (Photo: cybercrime)

Meanwhile in North America and Europe, a decrease in the number of reported cases was observed, the cases in Latin America increased as well as the cases of phishing that intend to use the context of the war between Russia Y Ukraine to request supposed donations through cryptocurrencies (Bitcoin either ethereum) to charities that support Ukrainian civilians.

“Considering the seriousness of the threat to the landscape digitaland its translation to the physical world, it is important to remember that we all have the power to take steps to protect ourselves, our organizations and businesses against digital threatssaid Tom Burt, corporate vice president of Customers, Safety and Trust at microsoft.

Cyber ​​hygiene is the best defense for companies

microsoft also indicates that an average company has 3,500 devices connected, but do not have protections basic that prevent the entry of attackers, who take advantage of this situation.

In addition, the detection of an attack must be done as soon as possible because sometimes the result of a cyber attack determined long before it starts. Attackers use vulnerable environments to gain initial access, surveillance, and cause damage.

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