Chinese attack of US officials was ‘preventable’, US cyber board blames Microsoft

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Chinese attack of US officials was 'preventable', US cyber board blames Microsoft
Chinese attack of US officials was 'preventable', US cyber board blames Microsoft

The United States Cyber Safety Review Board declared that a deliberate Chinese intrusion into top government officials’ emails last year was “preventable,” condemning technology juggernaut Microsoft.

The U.S. Cyber Safety Review Board, blaming technology behemoth Microsoft (MSFT.O), stated on Tuesday that a planned Chinese breach of top government officials’ emails last year was “preventable,” opening a new chapter for its cybersecurity failings and willful lack of openness.

According to the board’s assessment, Microsoft took a series of actions that reduced enterprise security, risk management, and customer trust in protecting their data and operations.

Storm-0558, a hacking organization connected with the People’s Republic of China, carried out the intrusion after compromising a Microsoft engineer’s business account.

“While no business is immune to cyberattacks by well-resourced adversaries, we have engaged our technical teams to detect and remediate legacy infrastructure and improve processes, Microsoft said.

“Our security engineers are hardening all of our systems against attacks and implementing even more robust sensors and logs to help us detect and repel our opponents’ cyberarmies. We will also look into the final report for additional recommendations.”

The board suggested that Microsoft create and implement security-focused improvements across all of its products.

Storm-0558 is accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of emails from top American officials, including Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, U.S. Ambassador to China Nicholas Burns, and Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia Daniel Kritenbrink.

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