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Hackers who hacked SolarWinds were interested in sensitive communications stored in Microsoft products.

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Hackers who hacked SolarWinds were interested in sensitive communications stored in Microsoft products.


"Russian hackers", suspected of carrying out a wave of cyber attacks on American companies and government organizations, were interested in "sensitive but not secret communications" stored in Microsoft products.

Brandon Wales, Acting Director of the US Cyber ​​and Infrastructure Security Agency, said the massive hacking operation is a "continuous intelligence gathering operation" based on hacks to gain access to communications "mostly stored online in victim-owned cloud environments. Microsoft Office 365 ".

On Wednesday, February 3, Wells spoke at a press conference, providing new information about the attack, which became known in December 2020, Bloomberg reported. According to the US government, hackers allegedly associated with the Russian government have inserted malicious code into software updates from the Texas-based company SolarWinds in order to infiltrate government computer networks. However, as Wells noted earlier, SolarWinds' built-in backdoor is far from the only way victims can penetrate networks.

SolarWinds CEO Sudhakar Ramakrishna said the attackers compromised the company's Microsoft Office 365 environment. “While we have confirmed suspicious activity related to our Office 365 environment, our investigation has not identified a specific vulnerability in Office 365 that could allow attackers to infiltrate to our environment through Office 365, ” Ramakrishna said .

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