Microsoft Gets Hacked, Like Everyone Else

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Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) got hacked like almost every other large tech company has been over the last several weeks. The world’s largest software firm said there was nothing to worry about. It is as if it has better defenses than the others, or was well down the list of targets, as it is well down the list of the most important tech companies in the U.S. Hackers may not have considered it a critical target

Its statement:

As reported by Facebook and Apple, Microsoft can confirm that we also recently experienced a similar security intrusion.

Consistent with our security response practices, we chose not to make a statement during the initial information gathering process. During our investigation, we found a small number of computers, including some in our Mac business unit, that were infected by malicious software using techniques similar to those documented by other organizations. We have no evidence of customer data being affected and our investigation is ongoing.

This type of cyberattack is no surprise to Microsoft and other companies that must grapple with determined and persistent adversaries (see our prior analysis of emerging threat trends). We continually re-evaluate our security posture and deploy additional people, processes, and technologies as necessary to help prevent future unauthorized access to our networks.

Matt Thomlinson
General Manager
Trustworthy Computing Security

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