The department of homeland security issued an emergency warning this week after Microsoft shared the company’s email system was hacked by cybercriminals they believe to be working on behalf of the Chinese government. In a rare move, the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency is demanding all U.S. government agencies immediately install a patch intended to block the hack.
In a blog post by Microsoft, the company shared that hackers could access the emails and calendars of users, and said the attackers recently spied on several U.S. targets, including COVID-19 researchers, political campaigns and policymakers. This is the second time in the last few months that the U.S. government has scrambled to deal with a hacking campaign backed by foreign governments…
Many companies are still dealing with the fallout from the SolarWinds breach, which impacted nine government agencies and around 100 U.S. companies… that attack has been attributed to Russian backed hackers. While it appears the hackers have not yet targeted general consumers, Microsoft’s exchange server is the most popular in the world, providing email and calendar services for nearly 3 out of every 5 users.
This attack again highlights the need to regularly check for updates for your hardware and software. New vulnerabilities are discovered on a regular basis, and it’s important for both businesses and consumers to regularly check for security patches and updates.