Software giant Microsoft claimed that it has recently detected Russian hackers trying to disrupt the 2020 Tokyo Olympics by infiltrating sporting and anti-doping agencies.
Analysts at Microsoft Threat Intelligence Centre also published details of the hacks, which began on September 16 and have so far targeted at least 16 sporting and anti-doping agencies since inception. The Russian hacking group called Fancy Bear, APT28, or Strontium were responsible for the attack.
“At least 16 national and international sporting and anti-doping organisations across three continents were targeted in these attacks,” Microsoft wrote in a blog post while providing details of the activity.
“The methods used in the attacks are similar to those routinely used by (Fancy Bear) to target governments, militaries, think tanks, law firms, human rights organisations, financial firms and universities around the world,” the company added.
Meanwhile, the tech giant has notified all the organisations that were targeted. The IT major has also recommended that firms should enable a two-factor authentication, learn the warning signs of a phishing attack and enable security alerts about links and files from suspicious websites.
(With input from agencies)