Russian SolarWinds hackers launch email attack on government agencies

Nobelium launched the attacks after getting access to an email marketing service used by the United States Agency for International Development, or USAID, according to Microsoft.

Guardian staff and agencies report:

The state-backed Russian cyber spies behind the SolarWinds hacking campaign launched a targeted phishing assault on US and foreign government agencies and thinktanks this week using an email marketing account of the US Agency for International Development (USAid), Microsoft has said.

The effort targeted about 3,000 email accounts at more than 150 different organisations, at least a quarter of them involved in international development, humanitarian and human rights work, the Microsoft vice-president Tom Burt wrote in a blog post late on Thursday.

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