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Federal report spotlights security lapses that enabled Chinese hackers to breach key US networks via Microsoft


The Cyber Safety Review Board, a federal body instituted to analyze cybersecurity practices, recently released a report highlighting issues with Microsoft's security protocols and that allowed state-sponsored Chinese hackers to breach important US government networks. With Microsoft software and services powering many businesses worldwide, the report's findings underscore an urgent need for reform.

Through a “cascade of avoidable errors”, Chinese cyber actors were able to access email accounts of senior US officials like the Commerce Secretary starting last year. The successful attack exploited vulnerabilities at Microsoft and impacted over 500 individuals across 22 organizations globally. While the company asserted it had identified the root cause, the board said Microsoft still does not fully understand how the intrusion occurred.

The review painted a concerning picture of insufficient security investments and risk management at Microsoft. It recommended the giant pause new cloud features until making substantial protocol improvements. The board further called for Microsoft's leadership to spearhead a culture reset with timebound plans to reform security practices across their massive product portfolio.

Considering Microsoft's critical function in both the public and private sectors, the report demanded accountability and demonstrated sincerity from the top in addressing issues. While the company acknowledged necessity of engineering security upgrades, past delays in owning responsibility indicate a need for stricter oversight to safeguard networks globally. With state actors continually refining attack strategies, all technology providers must establish fortified defenses and transparency to curb future breaches. The findings spotlight how even industry leaders must remain vigilant.

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