Story image

Hacked off Microsoft breached, but who’s next?

25 Feb 2013

Recent malware attacks which plagued Apple and Facebook computers have now targeted Microsoft, infecting a small number of its devices over the weekend.

The software company said computers were breached after employees visited a software developer website infected with malicious software.

But in a move to downplay the incident, Microsoft said there was no evidence to suggest any customer data was affected. Phew!

"This type of cyberattack is no surprise to Microsoft and other companies that must grapple with determined and persistent adversaries," said Matt Thomlinson, GM, Trustworthy Computing Security, Microsoft.

In what is becoming a worrying trend for the industry, recent attacks have only added to fears over computer security.

And it appears no computer is safe.

There has recently been a spate of attacks on western governments, and while each country will no doubt be undergoing it's own intense investigation, Microsoft's breach doesn't instill confidence for customers.

With a notoriously bad security record, and cyber attacks in vogue, it makes you wonder whether Microsoft have simply got lucky this time, and if it can ever truly control such a situation in the future.

Are companies struggling to deal with cyber attacks? What methods can they introduce to combat the breaches? Who will be next? Tell us your thoughts below

What the future of fibre looks like in NZ
The Commerce Commission has released its emerging views paper on the rules, requirements and processes which will underpin the new regulatory regime for New Zealand’s fibre networks.
Gen Z confidence in the economy is on the decline
Businesses need to work hard to improve their reputations.
Why NZ businesses have less than two years to adopt digital before disruption hits
Research found that digital disruption is already impacting two-thirds of New Zealand organisations.
Dell EMC launches interactive AI Experience Zones
The AI Experience Zones are designed to educate visitors about how to start, identify, and implement an AI project.
What NZ can learn from the Baltimore cyberattack
“Businesses must control physical access to their computers and secure their networks."
Infratil seeks clearance to acquire up to 50% stake in Vodafone NZ
The commission will give clearance to a proposed merger if they are satisfied that the merger is unlikely to have the effect of substantially lessening competition in a market.
Hands-on review: MiniTool Power Data Recovery Software
I came across a wee gem of advice when researching the world of data recovery. As soon as you get that sinking feeling and realise you’ve lost a file, stop using your computer.
Deepfakes the 'next wave of concern' - but can law really stomp it out?
Enforcing the existing law will be difficult enough, and it is not clear that any new law would be able to do better. Overseas attempts to draft law for deepfakes have been seriously criticised.