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Microsoft President Brad Smith Says SolarWinds Hack Largest And Most Sophisticated Ever


Microsoft President Brad Smith Says SolarWinds Hack Largest And Most Sophisticated Ever
According to Brad Smith, the President of Microsoft Corp, the hacking campaign that made use of a United States based tech firm as a means to hack into the data bases of a number of government agencies of the country is "the largest and most sophisticated attack the world has ever seen".
Software developed by SolarWinds Corp was breached by the hacking and the hackers used it to gain access to data bases and servers of thousands of companies and government offices that used the software of SolarWinds. That hacking operation that was first identified in December last year was described by the US government as one that was most likely conducted by Russia.
Emails at the US Treasury, Justice and Commerce departments and other agencies were accessed by the hackers in the campaign.
The corrective actions of identification of the compromised systems and expelling  the hackers form the systems would potentially take months to complete, cybersecurity experts have said.
This hacking campaign that utilised the software from SolarWinds Corp was most likely to be the largest and most sophisticated attack that the entire world has ever encountered when considering the entire campaign from a software engineering perspective, said Smith while participating in a an interview that was aired on Sunday on the CBS program "60 Minutes".
The hacking campaign could gave affected as many as 18,000 customers of SolarWinds who used the Orion network monitoring software of the company and potentially depended on hundreds of engineers.
Smith said that the people analysing the hacking campaign with Microsoft wondered about the number of engineers who would probably have worked on these attacks after the company had analysed everything within the company that they could possibly do. Smith also provided a possible number to the potential number of engineers used for the campaign which Microsoft feels was more than a thousand.
Hackers backed by Russia were "likely" responsible for the SolarWinds breach, the US intelligence services said last month. According to the intelligence services, the aim of the entire hacking campaign was apparently to gather as much of intelligence as possible and not aimed to conduct destructive acts.
All the charges brought against it of backing the hackers or participating in them have been denied by Russia.