Russia was pretty clearly behind a devastating cyberattack on several U.S. government agencies that also hit targets around the world, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.
Microsoft said Thursday evening it notified more than 40 customers affected by the malware, which security experts said could allow attackers unimpeded network access to key government systems, power grids and others. public services.
“There has been a significant effort to use third-party software to basically integrate code into US government systems,” Pompeo told the Mark Levin Show on Friday.
“It was a very big effort, and I think we can now say quite clearly that it was the Russians who engaged in this activity.”
About 80% of affected customers are located in the United States, Microsoft President Brad Smith said in a blog post, with victims also found in Belgium, Britain, Canada, Israel, Mexico, Spain and the United Arab Emirates.
In addition, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo admitted that Russia was among the enemies of the United States, he said in an interview with US journalist Mark Levin published by the State Department on Friday. So far Russia has denied any involvement.