Government agencies are being targeted at a greater rate by Russian cyberattacks than ever before, and those attacks are also becoming more successful, according to a new Microsoft report released Thursday.
This year, 53% of cyberattacks from Russian nation-state actors targeted government agencies, up from just 3% last year, Microsoft said. Many of the agencies targeted work in foreign policy, national security or defense. And the United States, along with the Ukraine and the U.K., were among the top countries targeted. The successful compromise rate also rose 11% since June 2020, reaching a successful compromise rate of 32% this year.
Russia isn't the only nation-state actor conducting cyberattacks, but more than half of all cyberattacks Microsoft identified from nation-states came from Russia. According to Microsoft, trailing Russia in volume of attacks were North Korea, Iran and China.