Microsoft for attacks on mail server software Chinese blamed a cyber espionage group.
Company hackers “a very talented and sophisticated playerStated that it belongs to a state-sponsored group. In a blog post related to the topic Microsoft, He noted that the hacking campaign exploited four previously undetected vulnerabilities in different versions of the software.
Microsoft: They used four vulnerabilities
The resulting vulnerabilities allowed hackers to access e-mail inboxes remotely. Microsoft’s Threat Intelligence Center, attacks “with high confidence”Associated with Hafnium, a state-sponsored group operating outside of China.
The company made this decision “the observed victim science, tactics, and proceduresHe stopped. Also MicrosoftAnnounced that Hafnium is targeting infectious disease researchers, law firms, higher education institutions and defense contractors. He added that political think tanks and non-governmental organizations may also have been targeted.
The company is the last to blame nation-state groups targeting institutions critical to civil society Eighth time in 12 months is alive.
Although Hafnium is based in China, Microsoft continues its operations primarily. ABDHe said that he realized it from rental virtual private servers in. Also Microsoft, Hafnium‘a Office 365 He also reported that he observed the package interacting with its users.
In addition, it should be noted that the company has released software updates to address security vulnerabilities in its software.
Microsoft said the attack was in no way related to the SolarWinds attack that hit US government agencies late last year.
While many US tech firms have a turbulent relationship with the Chinese government, Microsoft 1992has existed on the mainland since. Unlike Facebook and Twitter, Microsoft’s business-focused social media platform LinkedIn is still accessible in China. On the other hand, even though Baidu dominates the search market as a local search engine, Bing is still available in China. The company also runs a center for artificial intelligence research in China.