Reuters Lucy Nicholson
“Bloomberg” agency, citing sources in the US government, reported that at least 60,000 institutions around the world were hacked due to a security flaw in the “Microsoft Exchange Server” program.
According to the official in the US government, the pirates sought to damage the largest possible number of computers, before “Microsoft” could fully secure all of its customers.
The same source confirmed that more than 60,000 organizations around the world use Microsoft products that have been affected by the hacking operations.
According to the agency, if the number of people affected continues to grow, the incident can be considered a global cybersecurity crisis.
On Saturday, Bloomberg quoted US administration sources as saying that steps are being taken at all levels of the US government to “assess and address” the pirates’ actions.
“The threat is continuing and evolving, and we urge internet operators to take the matter seriously,” it quoted an unnamed White House spokesman as saying.
Earlier, Microsoft revealed an update to the “Exchange Server” after announcing that through it, a number of private companies in the United States could be exposed to attacks by hackers from a group that the company called “Hafnium”, which was said to be linked to China.