Microsoft wants to demonstrate its efforts to its US supporters in an effort to win a piece of the $15 billion funding set aside by the Pentagon. So, Microsoft is taking over Ukraine’s digital networks at Pentagon’s behest.
According to the deputy foreign minister of Russia, Oleg Syromolotov, Microsoft is executing a directive from the Pentagon and US special services to take away Ukraine’s “digital sovereignty” by grabbing authority over its information space and digital infrastructure.
“Microsoft is fulfilling the order of the Pentagon and special services to bring under absolute control the entire Ukrainian information infrastructure and deprive it of any ‘digital sovereignty.’ In fact, the company itself admitted this in the report,” Syromolotov made the remarks in response to Microsoft’s study, in which the corporation accused Russia of cyberattacks against Ukraine and its allies.
The Russian diplomat claimed that Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics in particular had promised the Ukrainian authorities defense against focused cyberattacks and persuaded them to give it remote access to their networks, giving the internet giant all the tools required to conduct digital provocations and false-flag cyberattacks.
“In particular, [it is done] with the use of the controlled folder access function in the Microsoft Defender cyberthreat protection application. With the help of RiskIQ services, under the pretext of assessing the level of information resources security of Ukraine’s state bodies, devices with well-known unpatched vulnerabilities have been identified, which can now be used by the Americans,” Syromolotov said.
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The Russian envoy thinks Microsoft wants to demonstrate its efforts to its US supporters in an effort to win a piece of the $15 billion funding set aside by the Pentagon for cyberwarfare.
According to Syromolotov, the Microsoft report’s unfounded conclusions were observed not just in Russia but also in the US, especially by Johns Hopkins University researchers.