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Microsoft, Tesla Hit by Cyberattacks

By MBN Staff | Thu, 03/11/2021 - 12:00

Cyberattacks are becoming increasingly common. This week, a small group of cybercriminals accessed security images from hundreds of businesses, including Tesla factories, after hacking camera manufacturer Verkada. Software developer Tillie Kottmann, who has drawn attention to flaws in apps and other systems, shared screenshots on Twitter on Tuesday showing the inside of a Tesla factory. Kottman also shared images of the inside of a prison in Alabama to Reuters. 

To prevent unauthorized access, Verkada disabled all internal administration accounts. “Our internal security team and an external security firm are investigating the scale and scope of the problem and we have notified the appropriate authorities,” the company said in a statement. “This attack serves as yet another reminder that digital supply chains are a hacker's paradise,” Darktrace’s Chief Threat Officer Max Heinemeyer told AFP. 

Just a few days earlier, on Mar. 2, Microsoft reported on its blog that it had observed attacks on local versions of Microsoft Exchange Server. Although the company has not given an official figure, sources close to the company told Reuters that the number of compromised users has risen to more than 60,000 around the world. The attack, according to the tech giant, was perpetrated by HAFNIUM, a Chinese government-sponsored cybercriminal group.

Following the cyberattacks, the White House called for increased security and current US government agencies also are investigating the attack.“This time, the attackers blew the whistle, but the worrying fact is how many of these attacks are going undetected at the moment. Moreover, it is surprising how easily these attacks are carried out by individuals and not just by groups backed by countries,” Heinemeyer added.

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The data used in this article was sourced from:  
Reuters, AFP
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