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Russian Hackers Also Focused on US and NATO Since Invasion

New report also warns of Kremlin’s multi-front strategy of cyber espionage and propaganda

Anti-tank obstacles line a deserted street in the center of Odesa, Ukraine, on Friday, March 18, 2022. 

Anti-tank obstacles line a deserted street in the center of Odesa, Ukraine, on Friday, March 18, 2022. 

Photographer: Nathan Laine/Bloomberg

Russia is expanding its espionage and influence operations against Ukraine and its allies, including malicious cyber activity that requires a coordinated, robust response, Microsoft Corp said in a report published Wednesday. 

Russia has deployed a three-pronged strategy of coordinated military, cyber and propaganda efforts since it invaded Ukraine in February, Microsoft said. The cyberattacks included "wiper" malware that Russian hackers deployed against Ukrainian computer systems, the company said, and malware masquerading as legitimate emails.