The attack on the widely used email Microsoft Corp. software is turning into a global cybersecurity crisis. This is reported by Bloomberg.
According to a former senior US official familiar with the investigation, the attack, which Microsoft claims began with a Chinese government-backed hacker group, has affected fewer than 60,000 businesses worldwide to date.
According to Huntress, a firm that monitors customer safety, the targeted victims of the attack include banks and electricity providers, as well as nursing homes and an ice cream company. One US cybersecurity company, which asked not to be named, said its experts alone worked with at least 50 victims of the attack, trying to quickly determine what data hackers might have compromised.
The rapidly escalating attack raised concerns among U.S. national security officials, in part because the hackers were able to quickly hit so many victims. The researchers say that in the final stages of the attack, the hackers appear to have automated the process.
The White House also reacted to the attack. "We are taking comprehensive measures to assess and remediate the consequences. This is an active threat that is still evolving, and we urge network operators to take it very seriously," said a White House spokesman.
It is also reported that the administration of US President Joe Biden may form a task force to combat major cyber attacks "linked to China," Interfax reported.
It is estimated that there are about 30,000 customers affected by "Chinese" cyberattacks in the United States alone and 250,000 worldwide, although these numbers may rise, the source said. CISA stressed that malicious activity, if left unchecked, could "allow an attacker to take control of the entire corporate network."