SolarWinds Breach Puts Microsoft Under The Microscope

April 17, 2021, 8:55:49 PM

SolarWinds Breach Puts Microsoft Under The Microscope

The sprawling hacking campaign seen as a serious threat to U.S. national security has become known as SolarWinds, for the company whose software update was seeded by Russian intelligence operatives with malware for penetrate sensitive government and private networks. 

This latest breach has put the third most valuable company in the world on the hot seat because its products are a de facto monoculture in government and industry - with a market share of more than 85% - federal lawmakers insist that Microsoft should see to it that the systems are upgraded as swiftly as possible without putting any further burden on taxpayers. 

 To address concerns, Microsoft rolled out a year of "advanced" security features to all federal agencies last week at no additional cost. But at the same time, it's trying to deflect the blame by saying that it is the consumers who fail to make security a priority. 

The non-partisan Atlantic Council think tank said in a report that SolarWinds hackers 'abuse of Microsoft's identity and access architecture - verifying users' identities and providing access to email, documents, and other data - has done the greatest damage. 

This has made the breach a " huge intelligence blow" , according to the think tank .