Microsoft said the Russia-linked hackers to the purpose of sporting organisations

(Reuters) – Microsoft Corp said it maintained a “significant” cyber-attack came from a group called “It”, or “Fancy Bear”, which is aimed at the anti-doping authorities, as well as the global sporting organisations.

A FILE PHOTO of Microsoft logo, is displayed ahead of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, February 24, 2019. REUTERS/Sergio Perez

The group, called APT28, has been linked to the Russian government, Microsoft said in a blog post. (a little bit.m/2Ni6LMp)

Must be at least 16 national and international sporting and anti-doping organisations on three different continents were targeted in the attacks, which began on Sept. 16, according to the company.

The company said that some of these attacks have been successful, but the majority do not. Microsoft has notified all the clients that come to these types of attacks.

It is one of the oldest in the world in cyber espionage groups, which is also known as Sofancy, and a Pawn Storm, due to a variety of security companies and government officials. Security firm CrowdStrike has said that the group may be associated with the Russian military intelligence service GRU.

Microsoft said It has allegedly been released, medical data and e-mails to be taken by sports organisations and anti-doping officials, in 2016 and 2018, which will result in a criminal charge in a federal court in the United States by 2018.

The software giant added that it is the methods that are being used in the most recent attacks were similar to the ones used by the It to be the focus of governments, militaries, think tanks, law firms, human rights organizations, finance companies, and universities all over the world.

It methods include spear-phishing, the password, the spray, the use of internet-connected devices, and the use of open-source and customized malware, will be added.

Microsoft has in the past taken legal steps may be taken to o prevent It from the use of false Microsoft internet domains to carry out the attack.

In August of last year, Microsoft has completed 84 of the fake websites are in the 12th district court approved the actions of the past two years. (

Microsoft said at the time that hackers linked to Russian government has asked for the launching of cyber-attacks on AMERICAN and political groups.

Reporting by Noor Zainab Hussain in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel

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