Microsoft Reveals Chinese Hack of U.S. Officials' Accounts


On Wednesday, Microsoft announced the recently discovered Chinese hacking of senior officials from the U.S. Departments of State and Commerce. Regarding this incident, Microsoft disclosed that the breach was due to the compromise of an account belonging to one of the company's engineers.

Reports indicate that a hacking group known as "Storm-0558" is responsible for breaching the engineer's account. This group managed to steal hundreds of thousands of emails from senior American officials, including Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, U.S. Ambassador to China Nicholas Burns, and Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian Affairs Daniel Kritenbrink.

In connection with the incident, Microsoft issued a post raising some unanswered questions, prompting a fresh scrutiny of the company's security and calls for an investigation into its practices.

Microsoft explained in the post how the hackers succeeded in extracting the encryption key from the engineer's account and used it to access email accounts they were not supposed to have access to.

A representative from Microsoft noted that the engineer's account was compromised using malware to steal credentials, but did not provide further details about the incident or its timing.

It is worth mentioning that the Chinese government had previously denied allegations of stealing emails from senior American officials, considering them baseless narratives.

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