North Korean hackers targeted Russian diplomats and successfully breached a Russian aerospace research institute earlier this year, Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) said in a blog post published Thursday.
Microsoft did not identify any of the victims by name and provided little by way of details or evidence, but said the hacking took place in March.
“North Korean threat actors may be capitalizing on the opportunity to conduct intelligence collection on Russian entities due to the country’s focus on its war in Ukraine,” the report said.
North Korea’s mission to the United Nations did not immediately reply to a message seeking comment. The Russian embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to an email.
Spying on rivals’ military and diplomatic organizations is standard operating procedure for the hacking squads employed by the world’s intelligence agencies. North Korea has repeatedly been accused of deploying hackers against defense and diplomacy-related targets in South Korea, the United States and elsewhere.