According to the agency, if the number of victims continues to grow, the incident can be regarded as a global crisis in cybersecurity.
At least 60 thousand organizations worldwide were hacked due to vulnerability in the Microsoft Exchange Server software. Bloomberg reported this, citing a source who previously held a high position in the US government.
According to him, the alleged cybercriminals seek to infect as many computers as possible before the company can fully secure all of its customers. To date, according to a Bloomberg source, more than 60 thousand organizations that use Microsoft products in their work have suffered from malicious actions of hackers around the world. According to the agency, if the number of victims continues to grow, the incident can be regarded as a global crisis in the field of cybersecurity.
A US government official told Bloomberg on Saturday that measures are being taken at all levels of the U.S. government to “assess and eliminate the consequences” of the hackers ‘ actions. “The threat persists and develops, and we urge Internet network operators to treat it with all seriousness,” the agency quoted an unnamed White House official as saying.
Earlier, Microsoft introduced the Exchange Server update against the background because several private companies in the United States could be attacked by hackers from the group, which the corporation called Hafnium. It was claimed that it could be linked to China. As indicated in Microsoft’s statement, recently, the members of this group carried out several attacks using a previously unknown mechanism, in which passwords were stolen, or vulnerabilities were found in the work of software created for messaging and corporate communication.
On Friday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki noted that this is a serious vulnerability that can have large-scale consequences. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said that the Chinese authorities are opposed to cyber-attacks and have nothing to do with attempts to hack Microsoft software.