Add Microsoft to list of hacked companies
Undisclosed number of computers are found with malware, but the company says no customer data has been compromised.
In a blog post late Friday, Matt Thomlinson, who directs the company's Trustworthy Computing Security program at Microsoft, wrote:
Consistent with our security response practices, we chose not to make a statement during the initial information gathering process. During our investigation, we found a small number of computers, including some in our Mac business unit, that were infected by malicious software using techniques similar to those documented by other organizations. We have no evidence of customer data being affected and our investigation is ongoing. This type of cyberattack is no surprise to Microsoft and other companies that must grapple with determined and persistent adversaries (see our prior analysis of emerging threat trends). We continually re-evaluate our security posture and deploy additional people, processes, and technologies as necessary to help prevent future unauthorized access to our networks.
Welcome to the new normal. The escalating number of reported attacks was underscored by a recentwhich reported that the number of trojans created to steal passwords rose about 72 percent in the last quarter.
Last weekthat an unknown number of Macs had been compromised, but that "there was no evidence any data left Apple." The malware was tied back to a site targeting iPhone developers. Employee computers for Facebook and most likely dozens of other companies were also breached.
The incidents occurred roughly around the same time that The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post disclosed that outsiders had also.