Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – Several months ago, Chinese hackers reportedly attacked the email accounts of the United States (US) government. The attack was launched through a bug in the Microsoft Cloud service.
Most recently, Microsoft said a Chinese hacker attack named ‘Storm-0588’ stole access to break into US government email accounts via a ‘crash dump’ on the Windows operating system.
For the record, a crash dump is a memory record of computer programs that appear when the program stops abnormally. This vulnerability is exploited by hackers to infiltrate.
The attack, said Microsoft, was carried out through the account of a Microsoft engineer. From there, the hackers then targeted the emails of several US government agencies, including the Department of Commerce and the Department of State.
“Due to log retention policies, we hold no evidence of logs that specifically show hacker activity when breaking into systems. However, this is the most likely mechanism,” Microsoft said, quoted from BleepingComputer, Thursday (7/9/2023).
Responding to this, Microsoft has closed all access to the ‘key’ so that hackers cannot exploit the system more widely.
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