Add Microsoft To List of Hacked US Companies: Similar Security Breach As Facebook and Apple

Add Microsoft To List of Hacked US Companies: Similar Security Breach As Facebook and Apple

Microsoft has just joined the small list of companies that have experienced a cyberattack this past month, made all the more interesting due to the fact that it's the same one that Apple and Facebook suffered. Compared to Facebook's informative post, Microsoft's could be considered minimal, with the bulk of what's important seen below:

"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."

While Java was not explicitly mentioned, the fact that Microsoft mentions both Apple and Facebook leads us to believe that an identical attack using a zero-day Java exploit was used. Fortunately though, like Apple and Facebook, it appears that no one got off with any important information from Microsoft, which might make this one of the more unsuccessful wide-reaching cyberattacks we've seen to date.

Attacks like these are not unique to big corporations, however. This particular Java exploit (since patched) could have been trigged by anyone who visited the correct website. It goes without saying that keeping up-to-date on your software is very important, and as I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, it'd be a great time to evaluate whether or not you actually need all of the software installed that you have, especially Java.

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This is beginning to be an everyday event but you here the same comment re: these cyber attacks its all been considered a mininmal annoyance no real damage done! Hmm What is considered vital and potentially hazordous, when these people apparently come and go at will? At what point does the security of America become more than just a minor nuisance, is it when they actually come out of the closet and show us their real abilities to create a serious threat? I myself consider their ability to come and go as they please enough of a warning that we are reliving our past mistakes like Pearl Harbour, 911 and to the same disregard to see a threat coming at us with are eyes wide open! What does it take for America to learn the lessons of our past !!! Our country is a target and Homeland Security should be more than a punchline!

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Long time AMDCrankit. Good to see you again! :)

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