Tuesday, March 9, 2021

White House Says Think Tanks Compromised in Latest Microsoft Hack

Foreign entities continue to hack into think tanks at a relentless pace, and the White House is now monitoring the issue.  Here is more from Reuters:

The White House is closely tracking an emergency patch Microsoft Corp has released, U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan said on Thursday, after an unknown hacking group recently broke into organizations using a flaw in the company’s mail server software.

“We are closely tracking Microsoft’s emergency patch for previously unknown vulnerabilities in Exchange Server software and reports of potential compromises of U.S. think tanks and defense industrial base entities,” Jake Sullivan, President Joe Biden’s national security adviser, said on Twitter.

Microsoft’s near-ubiquitous suite of products has been under scrutiny since the hack of SolarWinds Corp, a Texas-based software firm that served as a springboard for several intrusions across government and the private sector.


Here is a recent Think Tank Watch piece on how a suspected Russian hacking spree included a US-based think tank.