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Microsoft Chose Profit Over Security and Left US Government Vulnerable To Russian Hack, Whistleblower Says

Published by Slashdot on Thu, 13 Jun 2024


A former Microsoft employee claims the tech giant dismissed his repeated warnings about a security flaw that was later exploited in the SolarWinds hack, prioritizing business interests over customer safety. Andrew Harris, who worked on Microsoft's cloud security team, says he discovered the weakness in 2016 but was told fixing it could jeopardize a multibillion-dollar government contract and the company's competitive edge, ProPublica reported Thursday. The flaw, in a Microsoft product called Active Directory Federation Services, allowed hackers to bypass security measures and access sensitive cloud data. Russian hackers exploited the vulnerability in the 2020 SolarWinds attack, breaching several U.S. agencies. Microsoft continues to deny wrongdoing, insisting customer protection is its top priority. The revelations come at a time when Microsoft is facing increasing scrutiny over its security practices and seeks to expand its government business.Read more of this story at Slashdot.
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