Microsoft opens up a new front in the battle against Fancy Bear

John E. Dunn reports:

Can anyone – or anything – take on well-resourced nation state hacking groups?

Protected by anonymity and plausible deniability, conventional wisdom says not, but conventional wisdom ignores a company like Microsoft wielding a secret weapon with the power to hinder even the cleverest hacking group: lawyers.

This, it has emerged, is precisely how Microsoft has been fighting back against the notorious (and probably Russian) hacking group Strontium, better known to the world as Fancy Bear, or APT28.

After years of gradually worsening attacks on Windows PCs, in August 2016 the company’s Digital Crimes Unit (DCU) was handed the interesting task of suing the group in the US courts.

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