U.S. Sees Progress in Closing Microsoft (MSFT) Exchange Vulnerabilities | #microsoft | #hacking | #cybersecurity

A new tool developed by Microsoft Corp. to contain damage from a massive hack of its email server software has helped to reduce the number of vulnerable entities in the last week, according to a National Security Council spokesperson.

The tool was created by the technology giant after recent discussions with the White House. Anne Neuberger, the deputy national security adviser for cyber and emerging technology, worked with Microsoft to find a simple solution for smaller businesses facing time consuming and difficult cleanup of the hack, the spokesperson said.

The company released the “Exchange On-Premises Mitigation Tool” last week and it’s been downloaded 25,000 times, the official said. The tool protects against future attacks, and scans the system for known compromises then attempts to remediate them. The company has said its software should still be updated to the latest version after running the tool.

Companies in the U.S. and around the world have been pummeled recently by twin attacks stemming from Russian and China, which together scooped up tens of thousands of victims and underscored the vulnerability of the world’s computers to nation-state hackers.

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