Brad Smith, the president of Microsoft company has the evidence of Russian government institutions being behind the most dangerous hacker attack on the U.S. so far. It was the Sunburst attack on the systems of Solarwinds company. Smith said this during the hearings in the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
"We found a considerable amount of evidence, which led us to Russian intelligence, and found no evidence that would lead us somewhere else", Smith said as quoted by Deutsche Welle.
According to him, Microsoft corporation conducted an investigation and found out that at least 1,000 "highly qualified" programmers were involved in the development of the code that allowed hackers to penetrate the SolarWinds systems in the company's office in Texas. This is how the cyber attack began.
In March 2020, the culprits broke into the systems of the software supplier for Solarwinds company. The latter became a source of the spread of malware to computers of U.S. government authorities, which suffered the most.
Some 18,000 users downloaded the infected software by Solarwinds. In the end, the hackers got access to computers in dozens of U.S. state authorities; the breach could not be fixed for almost eight months.
Sources of Washington Post believe the attack could be launched by Russophone group of hackers called APT29 (a.k.a Cozy Bear and Dukes), which acts under instructions from the Russian government.