Gigantic cyberattack: Microsoft admits that hackers had access to its internal code
Microsoft admitted Thursday that the hackers behind the massive cyber attack that targeted US government systems and private companies had gone deeper into its network than the software giant had previously revealed. These hackers, suspected of being linked to Russia by the American authorities, had access to the computer code (source code), an important key for its system, of the company by hacking the account of an employee, specifies the group in a blog post.
The attack, which was further than Microsoft had initially thought, did not however compromise or modify any of its software, assures the company. ” We detected unusual activity on a small number of internal accounts and upon verification, we discovered that an account had been used to view source code in a number of repositories ”Microsoft said on its security blog. ” The account did not have permission to change the code or engineering systems, and our investigation subsequently confirmed that no changes had been made. These accounts have been reviewed and amended ”, is it still specified.
According to Microsoft, this “Has not endangered the security of our services or customer data, but we want to be transparent and share what we have learned as we fight what we believe to be a very sophisticated state actor”. Microsoft had previously noted “Malicious SolarWinds Applications” in its systems. The cyberattack began last March, according to U.S. government reports, with hackers taking advantage of an update to monitoring software developed by a Texas company, SolarWinds, used by tens of thousands of businesses and companies. administrations around the world.
In mid-December, this attack affected computer systems of US government agencies, including the Departments of State, Commerce, the Treasury, Homeland Security and the National Institutes of Health. Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo and then Justice Minister Bill Barr, relatives of Donald Trump, said Moscow was behind the cyberattack, a view not shared by the US president. Mr. Trump has in fact downplayed the operation as well as Russia’s supposed role.