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Tech giant Microsoft divulged that the same Russia-backed hackers behind the 2020 SolarWinds breach, are recently targeting the global technology supply chain. According to Microsoft, the cyber criminal group calls themselves “Nobelium” and they have been persistently victimizing cloud service companies among others, for the past few months.

By employing a new strategy of piggybacking on cloud service resellers’ direct access to their customers’ IT systems, the destructive online gang can “more easily impersonate an organization’s trusted technology partner to gain access to their downstream customers.” 

“Fortunately, we have discovered this campaign during its early stages, and we are sharing these developments to help cloud service resellers, technology providers, and their customers take timely steps to help ensure Nobelium is not more successful,” Microsoft said in a blog post on Sunday.

“This is the same actor behind the cyberattacks targeting SolarWinds customers in 2020 and which the U.S. government and others have identified as being part of Russia’s foreign intelligence service known as the SVR,” they added.

The Biden administration downplayed Russia’s assault on our cyber security, regardless of the threat that it poses to our sovereignty. A government official who chose to remain anonymous due to the sensitivity of the information, disclosed that “the activities described were unsophisticated password spray and phishing, run-of-the mill operations for the purpose of surveillance that we already know are attempted every day by Russia and other foreign governments.”

A year after almost a dozen federal agencies were compromised by the Russian hackers’ attacks, they seem undeterred by our government’s efforts to curb hostility in cyberspace. Experts pointed out that despite international pressure and sanctions by the Biden administration, the Russian government-linked hackers are hell-bent on defying United States authorities. Vladimir Putin is obviously benefiting from the illegal operations being initiated by these cyber criminals, which explains why he keeps on tolerating their actions.

“They have intelligence requirements that they are tasked with fulfilling, and they are unlikely to be deterred from doing that, that’s their job,” John Hultquist, the vice president of intelligence analysis at cybersecurity group Mandiant, told reporters.

“This recent activity is another indicator that Russia is trying to gain long-term, systematic access to a variety of points in the technology supply chain and establish a mechanism for surveilling — now or in the future — targets of interest to the Russian government,” Tom Burt, corporate vice president of customer security and trust, stated in a blog post.

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