The lawmakers explained the need for such assistance by two large-scale attacks that have affected the computer networks of dozens of countries over the past year.
Microsoft Corporation has been identified as one of the main recipients of federal assistance allocated by the US government to improve the security of computer networks in the country and can expect to provide it with $150 million. As Reuters reported on Monday, this amount will be about a quarter of the total amount of Washington subsidies for improving cybersecurity.
As explained by the agency, the funds were included in the package of measures approved earlier by Congress and signed last Thursday by US President Joe Biden to stimulate the country’s economy in the context of the pandemic for $1.9 trillion.
The lawmakers explained the need for such assistance by two large-scale attacks that over the past year have affected the computer networks of dozens of countries, including the United States. At least 60 thousand organizations and companies were hacked in early March due to a vulnerability in Microsoft Exchange Server. A year earlier, an attack was carried out against US government departments, and private companies using SolarWinds ‘ Orion software, and up to 18 thousand institutions were affected.
Taking into account these attacks, we decided to assist specialized companies specializing in the field of cybersecurity. However, according to Reuters, the choice of recipients of assistance was not approved by all lawmakers. As it became known to the agency, some of them did not like the fact that Microsoft was identified as one of its main recipients, which, it turns out, will also benefit from the fact that it provided its customers with insufficiently protected software.