Microsoft has confirmed that a “small number” of its computers were “recently” hacked.
The company said that some of its computer had been infected with walware. This reportedly includes a handful of the machines in its Mac business software division. However, Reuters reports that customer data has not been compromised.
Microsoft said it didn’t immediately report the hack because it wanted to gather information about the breach. A recent public blog post disclosed that the intrusion happened sometime “recently.”
IGN explains that Microsoft likened the hack to similar incidents reported by companies such as Facebook and Apple. However, the post didn’t reveal if the problem was caused by the same individuals responsible for other recent incidents.
The company said the computers were infected using “techniques similar to those documented by other organizations.” Micrsoft also stated that they intend to use the information gathered from their investigation to make sure this doesn’t happen again down the road.
Trustworthy Computing Security general manager Matt Thomlinson wrote on the Security Response Center Blog:
“Consistent with our security response practices, we chose not to make a statement during the initial information gathering process. During our investigation, we found a small number of computers, including some in our Mac business unit, that were infected by malicious software using techniques similar to those documented by other organizations. We have no evidence of customer data being affected and our investigation is ongoing.”
Thomlinson said the attack was nothing new to companies that “must grapple with determined and persistent adversaries.”
“We continually re-evaluate our security posture and deploy additional people, processes, and technologies as necessary to help prevent future unauthorized access to our networks.”
The Inquisitr previously reported that Apple suffered a similar hack earlier this month. The company explained that several employees had malware installed on their systems.
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