Another one bites the dust. You may have heard a lot of famous IT brands that have been hacked recently, and now the world’s largest software company, Microsoft, is one of them. Microsoft has officially confirmed they have been hit by a recent computer hacking attack, however in a blog posting Friday, Microsoft said it had found no evidence that any customer data had been taken.
Microsoft admitted the security intrusion was “similar” to recent hacks that affected Apple Inc and Facebook Inc. that were disclosed last week, where computers used by employees were attacked after visiting a software developer website infected with malicious software.
This news comes at a time of heightened concern about computer security – consider that just earlier this February U.S. President Barack Obama issued an executive order seeking better protection of the country’s critical infrastructure from cyber attacks.
As other prominent companies that were victimized by hackers, Microsoft says it is still investigating how malicious software was planted on what it said were a small number of its computers.
Richard Domingues Boscovich, Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit said “Helping protect people is at the forefront of Microsoft’s proactive fight against botnets and other forms of cybercrime.” in the Bamital Botnet Takedown Is Successful; Cleanup Underway post published at Microsoft Official Blog. In the meanwhile, Microsoft is yet to publish an update to their Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit Newsroom on this latest hack: at least my search within the Archives brought no results on this subject. I hope they will provide public with more information once their investigation is complete.