Microsoft says it identified 40+ victims of the SolarWinds hack

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    Microsoft says it identified 40+ victims of the SolarWinds hack

    Microsoft says it identified 40+ victims of the SolarWinds hack


    Last Updated: 23 Dec 2020 at 14:43
    Microsoft said it identified more than 40 of its customers that installed trojanized versions of the SolarWinds Orion platform and where hackers escalated intrusions with additional, second-stage payloads.

    The OS maker said it was able to discover these intrusions using data collected by Microsoft Defender antivirus product, a free antivirus product built into all Windows installations.

    Microsoft President Brad Smith said his company is now in the process of notifying all the impacted organizations, 80% of which are located in the United States, with the rest being spread across seven other countries -- namely Canada, Mexico, Belgium, Spain, the UK, Israel, and the UAE.

    While the current list of known victims of the SolarWinds hack mostly includes US government agencies, Smith said the government sector is only a small portion of the victim list, with 44% being IT companies, such as software firms and equipment providers.


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    The Microsoft President also said the attack is ongoing, with the hackers trying to compromise new companies still, despite the incident being public and actively investigated.
    "It's certain that the number and location of victims will keep growing," Smith said.

    The latest victim on this list is Microsoft itself, which, hours before Smith's analysis, admitted to having installed trojanized version of the SolarWinds app inside its own infrastructure.

    Reuters reported that hackers accessed Microsoft's internal network, but Microsoft denied that they were able to reach production systems and impact its business customers and end-users.


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    18 Dec 2020

  1. ThrashZone's Avatar
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    Hi,
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    Well that's comforting.
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  3. Winuser's Avatar
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    Microsoft should have been using Defender!
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    I READ THIS TONIGHT AND WONDERED IF THIS IS REASON WHY MANY TIMES WHEN I OPEN LAPTOP AND LOG IN I FIND AN OPEN MS-WORD ON MY DESKTOP, HAVING NOT RECENTLY USED IT AT ALL!
    11:43 PM 12/19/2020
    "Hackers could then steal documents through Microsoft’s Office 365, the online version of its most popular business software, the NSA said on Thursday in an unusual technical public advisory. Also on Thursday, Microsoft announced it found malicious code in its systems."

    '''Powerful tradecraft''': how foreign cyber-spies compromised America | Reuters

    12/19/2020
    WENT TO "REPAIR online office 365" IN PROGRAMS AND FEATURES AND DID IT BUT AFTER THE REPAIR DOWNLOAD TOOK PLACE, IT SHOWED IN PROGRAMS THAT IT HAD BEEN "INSTALLED" ON 12/16/2020, 3 DAYS PRIOR! SEEMS LIKE MICROSOFT WAS AFFECTED!

    WHAT IS THE FIX? SET ALL 3 PROGRAMS (MS WORD, EXCEL, POWERPOINT TO "LOGGED OUT"
    AND WON'T LOG IN UNTIL I KNOW HOW TO FIX THIS.
    ��*♀️☣️
    IF MS IS BAD ALSO, SETTING LOG-IN TO LOCAL MIGHT BE OF HELP TO AVOID ATTEMPTS. I WANTED TO DO IT ANYWAY, BUT AFRAID OF LOOSING OUT.
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    Mhyrr0777 said:
    WHAT IS THE FIX? SET ALL 3 PROGRAMS (MS WORD, EXCEL, POWERPOINT TO "LOGGED OUT"
    AND WON'T LOG IN UNTIL I KNOW HOW TO FIX THIS.
    One of the reason why I keep my cloud utilization to the minimum and don't have Office 365. Once your document leaves your system, it can be anywhere. It does not matter that the company states, that "security of your data is the utmost important to us...". Yes, until someone hacks the company....

    I'll keep Office 2013 until the support ends, or longer, then move to Open Office.
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    I wonder if PC Matic could have stopped all this :)
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