Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) said Thursday it found “malicious” binaries in its environment related to the breach that affected the US Treasury and SolarWinds Company (NYSE: SWI).
What happened: The malware in SolarWinds’ Orion product has been installed by more than 17,000 customers, including the Redmond, Washington-based tech giant, according to Microsoft.
“Like other SolarWinds customers, we are actively researching indicators of this player and can confirm that we have detected malicious Solar Winds binaries in our environment, which we have isolated and removed,” Microsoft said.
According to the tech giant, the breach created a vulnerability in the supply chain “of near global significance” reaching major national capitals beyond Russia – the alleged perpetrator of the attack.
Why is this important: Microsoft’s statement followed a Reuters report on Thursday that Microsoft was hacked in connection with the cyber attack.
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The company headed by Satya Nadella said it could not find any evidence of access to production services or customer data.
“Our investigations, which are ongoing, have found absolutely no indication that our systems have been used to attack other people,” Microsoft said.
The breach came to light this week after the Trump administration admitted the Treasury had been attacked. The Russian Embassy in Washington has denied Moscow’s involvement.
Cybersecurity company FireEye Inc (NASDAQ: FEYE) was also exposed in the breach and said the attackers appeared to be stealing information from its government clients.
Price action: Microsoft shares closed mostly unchanged at $ 219.42 on Thursday and fell 0.42% in the after-hours session.
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