(HorizonPost.com) – Australia’s Department of Defense issued a warning to groups such as infectious disease researchers, policy think tanks and law firms, among others, about vulnerabilities to hacking by China. The concern revolves around Microsoft Exchange, which many organizations use on their servers and in their offices. Reportedly, government agents operating from both Beijing and Moscow have exploited weaknesses in the program to commit cyber-warfare.
News from #Australia | Cyber-security officials are urging Australians to immediately secure their digital networks after a major Chinese infiltration of Microsoft’s email systems, warning too many of the nation’s businesses are exposed to attacks. https://t.co/ZsAcOvRyQs
— CSIS Southeast Asia (@SoutheastAsiaDC) March 9, 2021
Known as Hafnium, Chinese hackers are believed to have begun a series of stealthy incursions into the coding through that program. They began stealing private emails and leaving backdoor access points in January 2021. When Microsoft publicly identified the group, the hacks exploded into a free-for-all with other government agencies opening the doors and ramping up their own hacking operations.
The Aussie warning included a plea for all entities that use the server software to immediately upload a patch developed by Microsoft that essentially places a virtual deadbolt on the access points. As recently as March 11, the security firm CheckPoint Research sounded the alarm, saying the number of attacks worldwide is tripling every 2 to 3 hours.
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