Microsoft reports disruptive hacking attempts on Ukrainian, European and US targets

Microsoft Corp. said on Thursday that he had halted hacking attempts by Russian military spies aimed at penetrating Ukrainian, European and American targets.

In a blog post, the tech firm said a group it dubbed “Strontium” was using seven internet domains in an effort to spy on government agencies and think tanks in the EU and US, as well as Ukrainian institutions such as the media.

Microsoft did not identify any of the targets by name.

Strontium is Microsoft’s nickname for a group that others often refer to as Fancy Bear or APT28 – a hacking team linked to the Russian military intelligence agency.

The Russian Embassy in Washington did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

Ukraine has been rocked by hacking attempts since Russian forces invaded the country in February.