Newly discovered flaw in Microsoft Corp.’s software for email has raised concerns at the highest levels of the U.S. government.
Moreover, it is urging users to immediately apply patches as per reports.
The latest hack has affected over 20,000 organizations across the U.S., including significant numbers of small businesses and local governments.
Currently, Microsoft is working with government agencies and security companies to provide help to customers.
The company has appealed to the users to contact the support teams for additional help and resources.
Earlier, the American multi-tech company claimed that the hacks included limited and targeted attacks.
Despite emergency patches issued by Microsoft, the hacks continue to affect tens of thousands of organizations in Asia and Europe.
Further, U.S. officials are working tirelessly to figure out a way to notify all the victims and assist them accordingly.
Only 10 percent of the victims have installed the patches so far according to one scan of connected devices.
The hackers utilized the back doors to re-enter and move around the infected networks in a small percentage of cases.
Instead of relying on cloud providers, those involved are running web versions of the Outlook email client.
This has possibly saved many of the larger corporations and federal government agencies from getting hacked.
Meanwhile, the vulnerabilities found in Microsoft’s widely used Exchange servers can potentially have far-reaching impacts which is significant.
U.S. officials expect more attacks from other hackers with the spread of code used to take control of mail servers.
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