Microsoft is the latest company to take action against Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, announcing today that it will halt “all new sales of Microsoft products and services” in the country.
“Like the rest of the world, we are horrified, angered and saddened by the images and news coming from the war in Ukraine and condemn this unwarranted, unprovoked and illegal invasion by Russia,” wrote the president and vice president of Microsoft, Brad Smith, in a blog. Publish.
In addition to ending the suspension of sales and services, Smith said that Microsoft is “closely coordinating and working closely with the governments of the United States, European Union and United Kingdom, and we are stopping many aspects of our business in Russia pursuant to government sanctions orders.
In contrast, Microsoft will continue to support Ukrainian cybersecurity systems against Russian attacks. “Since the start of the war, we have acted against Russian positioning, destructive or disruptive actions against more than 20 Ukrainian government, IT and financial industry organizations,” Smith wrote. “We also acted against cyberattacks targeting several additional civilian sites. We have publicly raised our concerns that these attacks on civilians violate the Geneva Convention.”
Microsoft further described its cybersecurity efforts in Ukraine in a Feb. 28 blog post, saying its Threat Intelligence Center detected a wave of attacks against Ukraine’s digital infrastructure hours before Russia launched its military attack on Ukraine.
“These recent and ongoing cyberattacks were precisely targeted, and we did not see the use of indiscriminate malicious technology that spread into the Ukrainian economy and beyond its borders during the attack. NotPetya from 2017,” Smith said, referring to a 2017 ransomware attack against a wide range of Ukrainian targets, which are widely believed to have originated in Russia.
“But we remain particularly concerned about recent cyberattacks against Ukrainian civilian digital targets, including the financial sector, the agricultural sector, emergency response services, humanitarian aid efforts, and organizations and companies in the security sector. “These attacks on civilian targets raise serious concerns under the Geneva Convention, and we have shared information with the Ukrainian government on each of them.”
Smith said Microsoft is also sharing “appropriate information” with NATO officials in Europe and the United States.
Microsoft joins Airbnb, Spotify, Volkswagen, Oracle, Netflix, Nike, Boeing and a host of other big companies that have halted sales or production in Russia. Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt announced earlier this week that it was halting all sales in the country in support of Ukraine.