Microsoft believes Nickel, a China-based hacking group, is executing these attacks for intelligence gathering for government agencies, think tanks and human rights organizations.
Washington: Microsoft has disrupted a China-based hacking group that targeted organizations in the US and 28 other countries worldwide, Corporate Vice President for Customer Security and Trust Tom Burt said in a blog post.
"The Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit (DCU) has disrupted the activities of a China-based hacking group that we call Nickel. In documents that were unsealed today, a federal court in Virginia has granted our request to seize websites Nickel was using to attack organizations in the United States and 28 other countries around the world, enabling us to cut off Nickel's access to its victims and prevent the websites from being used to execute attacks," Burt said on Monday (December 7). The disruption will not prevent Nickel from continuing other hacking activities, Burt said, noting that Microsoft believes they have removed a vital piece of the group's infrastructure.
Burt pointed out that Microsoft believes the attacks being executed by Nickel were being used for intelligence gathering for government agencies, think tanks and human rights organizations. They have targeted public and private organizations worldwide, including diplomatic organizations and ministries, and attacks often correlate with China's geopolitical interests, Burt added.