While the White House blusters over the alleged ineptitude of Putin’s military, in spite of the fact that billions upon billions thrown at the war have not stopped Russian efforts, tech giant Microsoft has weighed in on the realities of openly fighting with the nation’s long-term nemesis.
Specifically, Microsoft has sounded the alarm on elevated cyberattacks across the nation and the planet, attacks that the Biden administration is ill-equipped to combat for numerous reasons, starting with a failure to acknowledge the very real national security threats at hand.
According to an official statement from Microsoft President Brad Smith, “the cyber aspects of the current war extend far beyond Ukraine and reflect the unique nature of cyberspace.”
Per the tech giant, several dozen nations, notably several NATO members, have been subjected to unrelenting cyberattacks over the past several months.
As noted in the Microsoft report, the “coalition of countries [that have] come together to defend Ukraine” have been subjected to numerous cyberattacks since the invasion began on February 24.
“Russian intelligence agencies have stepped up their network penetration and espionage activities targeting governments outside Ukraine,” the report asserted.
The objective of the attacks is obvious, given that Russia has a vested interest in acquiring information, notably sensitive information, on the governments that are steadily backing Ukraine’s efforts in an increasingly intractable battle.
Of all NATO members, the United States has suffered from at least 12 percent of Russia’s cyberattacks, which constitutes the highest percentage of any other NATO member.
In total, 62 percent of all cyberattacks originating in Russia are believed to target NATO members.
Per a report from the Washington Examiner, nearly 1 in 3 attacks have “appeared successful in compromising targets, and a quarter of the attacks lead to stolen data.”
Thus far, the Russian embassy, which is still active in the United States, declined to respond to any interview requests regarding ongoing cyberattacks on America and its allies.