Hackers are deliberately targeting government agencies, NGOs, think tanks and consultants in New Zealand - those organisations who might not have the budget to spend millions on cyber security, reports Radio New Zealand.
The hackers are known as 'Nobelium', and originate from Russia. They are the same actor behind the attacks on SolarWinds customers in 2020, according to Microsoft.
The United States gets the largest number of attacks, but over 24 countries have been targeted recently, including New Zealand.
Most recently USAID has been the victim of a cyber attack.
Over 3,000 email accounts at more than 150 different organisations have been targeted in the US, at least a quarter of them involved in international development, humanitarian and human rights work, Microsoft Vice President Tom Burt said in a blog post late Thursday.
The attacks appeared to be a continuation of multiple efforts to target government agencies involved in foreign policy as part of intelligence gathering efforts.