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Microsoft says Russian state-sponsored hackers spied on its executives

Microsoft says it caught hackers from China, Russia and Iran using its AI tools

Microsoft says Russian state-sponsored hackers spied on its executives

(Reuters) Microsoft said that a Russian state-sponsored group hacked into its corporate systems on Jan. 12 and stole some emails and documents from staff accounts.

The Russian group was able to access “a very small percentage” of Microsoft corporate email accounts, including members of its senior leadership team and employees in its cybersecurity, legal, and other functions, the company said.

Microsoft’s threat research team routinely investigates nation-state hackers such as Russia’s “Midnight Blizzard,” who they say is responsible.

The company said its probe into the breach indicated the hackers were initially targeting Microsoft to learn what the technology giant knew about their operations.

The company said the hackers used a “password spray attack” starting in Nov. 2023 to breach a Microsoft platform. Hackers use this technique to infiltrate a company’s systems by using the same compromised password against multiple related accounts.

The Russian Embassy in Washington and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Microsoft said it investigated the incident and disrupted the malicious activity, blocking the group’s access to its systems.

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