Microsoft reportedly swept up in SolarWinds hack

Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, speaks to Herbert Diess, CEO of Volkswagen AG (not pictured), during a “fireside chat” with the media about a joint project of the two companies called Volkswagen Automotive Cloud on February 27, 2019 in Berlin, Germany.

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Microsoft was hacked in connection with the attack on SolarWinds’ widespread management software, Reuters reported Thursday.

As with the SolarWinds cyberattack, hackers infiltrated Microsoft products and then went after others, Reuters said, citing people familiar with the matter. According to the story, it is not immediately clear how many Microsoft users were affected.

Microsoft looks worrying as it has improved its own security offerings, including in its Office 365 software suite. The stock fell about 0.7% according to the report.

Microsoft has taken steps to protect its customers in the days since SolarWinds confirmed the attack, which was first reported by Reuters on Sunday.

Several US government agencies were injured in the attack, affecting updates to SolarWinds’ Orion software. Microsoft counts US government agencies, including the Department of Defense, among its Office 365 customers. A page that was removed from the SolarWinds website identified Microsoft as a SolarWinds customer.

“Like other SolarWinds customers, we have been actively looking for indicators of this player and we can confirm that we have discovered malicious SolarWinds binaries in our environment that we have isolated and removed,” said Frank Shaw, corporate vice president of communications at Microsoft a statement he posted on Twitter. “We did not find any evidence of access to production services or customer data.”

Read the full report from Reuters here.

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