The author of such high-profile statements was Clint Watts, CEO of the Microsoft Digital Threat Intelligence Center, who previously worked in the field of national security of the United States of America. According to his corporate blog post, Microsoft's European customers should be prepared for "a series of devastating cyberattacks" allegedly planned by Russian hackers.
In his message, Watts referred to a Prestige ransomware attack that affected logistics companies in Ukraine and Poland. It is worth noting that initially Microsoft researchers did not know who the developer of this program was, but then “successfully” linked it to the Russian hacker group Sandworm.
According to Watts, Microsoft sees this as a possible threat of expanding cyberattacks on countries and companies providing Ukraine with humanitarian aid and weapons. In addition, he believes that operations will be carried out to "put pressure on Europe in cyberspace."
According to Microsoft experts, in the course of cyberattacks, Russian cybercriminal groups used a wide range of wipers and ransomware, the victims of which were about 50 Ukrainian organizations. The company also believes that there is an "indirect connection" between kinetic and cybernetic operations on the territory of Ukraine.