Microsoft: Russian hackers are targeting sporting organizations ahead of Tokyo Olympics


Microsoft said today that a group of well-known Russian government hackers has targeted at least 16 national and international sporting and anti-doping organizations ahead of next year’s Tokyo Olympics.

The attacks have taken place in the last month after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced a possible indiscriminate ban of all Russian athletes from all sporting events, including upcoming world championships and Olympics.

Microsoft said the attacks involved spear-phishing, password spraying, exploiting internet-connected devices, and the use of both open-source and custom malware.

Responsible for the attacks is a group of Russian state-sponsored hackers that Microsoft calls Strontium, but are more widely known as APT28 or Fancy Bear.

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