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Report Slams Microsoft for Security Blunders in Chinese Hack

Hack Targeting Top Government Officials ‘Was Preventable,’ Scathing Report Says Chris Riotta (@chrisriotta) • April 2, 2024

The Cyber Safety Review Board faulted Microsoft for "avoidable errors" that let Chinese hackers into the inboxes of senior government officials. (Image: Shutterstock)

Microsoft committed a cascade of "avoidable errors" permitting a Chinese hacking campaign to successfully target last summer top U.S. government officials' email accounts, according to a government-ordered review published Tuesday.

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The Department of Homeland Security's Cyber Safety Review Board stated in a report about Chinese hackers 2023 penetration of Microsoft Exchange Online that the tech giant engaged in a series of operational and strategic decisions which effectively deprioritized enterprise security investments and rigorous risk management (see: Hackers Stole Signing Key, Hit US Government's Microsoft 365).

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