• Microsoft Hacked – Method similar to Apple and Facebook Attacks

    Microsoft has announced yesterday via its Security Response Center blog that it has been attacked and hacked with methods similar in nature to those experienced by Apple and Facebook recently. All attacks were perpetrated by utilizing a zero-day Java vulnerability.

    Microsoft reported that a small number of its computers, including some in its Mac software business unit, were infected with malware. Microsoft further said there was, so far, no evidence of customer data being affected and that it is continuing its investigation.

    Here is the full announcement from Microsoft:

    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.

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