According to statements from Microsoft and the White House, China-based hackers have breached email accounts at two dozen organizations, including some United States government agencies.
The apparent spying campaign from the hackers from China was aimed at acquiring sensitive information.
The full scope of the hack is being investigated, but US officials and Microsoft have been quietly scrambling in recent weeks to assess the impact of the hack and contain the fallout. The US government is conducting an investigation to determine the full extent of the apparent breach of government email accounts.
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Microsoft executives said in a blog post that the hackers were based in China and focused on espionage. There is still an ongoing, active investigation in the US government to understand the full scope of the hack.
This incident has raised concerns about cybersecurity and the potential for sensitive information to be compromised. It remains to be seen what measures will be taken to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future.
The hacking began in mid-May when the China-based hackers used a stolen sign-in key to burrow their way into email accounts, according to Microsoft. The tech giant has since blocked hackers from accessing customer emails using that technique.
This incident highlights the importance of strong cybersecurity measures and the need for organizations to take steps to protect their sensitive information. It serves as a reminder of the potential risks associated with cyberattacks and the need for vigilance in protecting against them.