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United States. Infiltrating Microsoft, Washington now fights Russian and Chinese hackers

Because he plans to start Russia retaliates for hacking With the large-scale U.S. government agencies and institutions discovered late last year, the Biden administration faces a new cyber-attack that raises the question of whether to retaliate against another major adversary: ​​China.

Taken together, President Joe Biden will begin to define how he wants to shape his new administration’s response to the growing cyber conflict and find a way to impose tougher sanctions on cyber spies.

With a series of covert operations across Russian networks over the next three weeks, President Vladimir Putin and his intelligence and military services are clearly aware, but not to the world, that the first major operation is expected, he says. BdNews24.

Officials said measures to speed up the federal government’s tightening of network security measures after the Russian hack would be linked to some sort of sanctions and Biden executive order, which went unnoticed for months until it was discovered by a private cyber security firm.

The White House, the Pentagon and the intelligence services are all in a hurry after a major breach of Microsoft email systems used by small businesses, local governments and some military contractors was publicly exposed.

Microsoft identified the intruders as a state-funded Chinese group and quickly moved to release a patch to cover the vulnerability of users of its software.

But this has sparked a race between Systems Patch makers and new attackers, including several Chinese hacker groups, who, according to Microsoft, are trying to exploit holes in the system as much as they can.

The U.S. government has not released any formal resolution on who is responsible for the hack, but there are fears that espionage and theft could be a precursor to more action at the White House and Microsoft’s campus in Redmond, Washington. Very destructive such as data modification or deletion.

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A statement from the National Security Council on March 7 stressed the gravity of the situation in the White House: “The White House is taking full government action to assess and address the impact of the Microsoft intrusion.”

However, the order is still in effect, and a confidential document signed by President Donald Trump in August 2018, U.S. It gives cyber command more power than it did during the Obama administration to conduct fights in daily, concise cyberspace. Without explicit presidential approval.

Under the new order, cyber commanders are required to bring significant and purposeful activities to the White House, and officials said briefly in the memo that the National Security Council would be allowed to review or restrict those activities. Upcoming action against Russia and any possible response to China are likely to fall into this category.

U.S. officials continue to try to better understand the extent and damage caused by the Chinese attack, but have suggested that every day since its release it has been bigger and more damaging than previously thought.

Initial estimates are that about 30,000 systems are affected, mostly conducted by companies or government agencies that use Microsoft software and manage their email systems at home. But the extent of the intrusion and the identities of the victims are not yet clear. While the Chinese have widely distributed this attack, they may have been seeking information only from a small group, of which they are most concerned.

The scale of the attack no doubt led US officials to consider retaliating against China. This would put the two countries at risk of engaging in a confrontation with their biggest nuclear adversaries.

Tommaso dol Paso