Hackers behind Microsoft outage most likely Russian-backed group aiming to ‘drive division’ in the west

Cybersecurity firm says Anonymous Sudan is unlikely to be authentic hacktivist group, as initially believed

The hackers believed to be behind a recent attack that took some of Microsoft’s services offline are likely to be a Russian-linked group rather than a grassroots pro-Islam collective operating out of Sudan, experts say.

Anonymous Sudan, which surfaced in January 2023, has also claimed responsibility for at least 24 distributed denial-of-service attacks on Australian companies, including healthcare, aviation and education organisations.

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