The United States has remained under computer attack since last weekend and now Microsoft is confirming that it has also been “infected”. The technology giant says it has detected malicious software on its network, but has already isolated and removed it.
In early December, one of the largest US cybersecurity companies, FireEye, was the target of an attack. Hackers resorted to malware introduced in the software management network made available to customers by the Solar Winds technology.
As a customer of Solar Winds, Microsoft turns to Orion, the network management software that was used in the alleged Russian attacks on crucial United States agencies. The technological giant, therefore, sought to investigate whether it had been affected in any way or not. Now it is known that it is, but the company clarifies that it had no influence on other people. “We found no evidence of access to production services or customer data,” can be read in the statement by Microsoft President Brad Smith.
“Our investigations, which are ongoing, have found absolutely no indication that our systems were used to attack other people,” reinforces Microsoft.
Among the various solutions for software development professionals, Microsoft relies on Microsoft Azure. The first version was introduced in 2008 and the platform currently has more than 200 cloud products and services designed to help bring new solutions to life. Compiling, running and managing applications across multiple clouds is possible with this platform.
Brad Smith argues that these attacks are the result of an “act of recklessness”
Before the statement about confirmation of being affected by the attack, Brad Smith had already written a long article on the company’s blog on the “need for a strong and global cybersecurity response”. In the post, the company leader also guarantees that the technology giant is working with more than 40 customers “that the hackers targeted more precisely and compromised through solutions and measures sophisticated ”.
The publication follows the computer attack on the United States, and it has already been confirmed that it affected at least “federal government networks.” But, as Brad Smith points out, these last attacks, in addition to targeting the government, also affect others ” critical institutions “such as security companies.
It is in this climate of tension that the president makes clear what, in his opinion, the United States needs to do with regard to cybersecurity. It demands that we “look clearly at the growing threats we face and commit to more effective and collaborative leadership in the United States government and technology sector,” he said.
Brad Smith even goes so far as to say that these types of attacks represent an “act of recklessness” and not espionage, and that they result in a series of weaknesses for the United States and the rest of the world.