Microsoft Report: Defending Ukraine: Early Lessons from the Cyber War


On June 22nd, Microsoft published an updated intelligence report, Defending Ukraine: Early Lessons from the Cyber War. This 28-page report was compiled by Microsoft’s threat intelligence and data science teams. 

The data shows that in the last two months the threat landscape has changed. The aggressive cyber-attacks have shifted from just defending Ukraine to other countries. And also outlines five conclusions that the data reveals.

Russian intel agencies have increased hacking activities on the US and its allies. They are focused on government computer networks to gather intelligence.

In addition to Ukraine organizations, Russian-state-backed hackers are attacking American organizations. Russian hacking efforts have widened to 42 countries that support Kyiv.  

Since the invasion, the Kremlin has been isolated on the international stage.

They are focusing on governments, weapon vendors, think tanks, and humanitarian groups to gain war information. Russian cyber operatives are looking for strategic information. 

Targets in the Cyber War

“Since the start of the war, the Russian targeting (of Ukraine’s allies) has been successful 29 percent of the time,” Microsoft President and Vice-Chair Brad Smith wrote.