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SolarWinds hackers accessed Microsoft source code, the company says By Reuters

SolarWinds hackers accessed Microsoft source code, the company says By Reuters
SolarWinds hackers accessed Microsoft source code, the company says

A Microsoft logo is seen in Los Angeles p By Raphael Satter and Joseph Menn WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The hacking group behind the SolarWinds compromise was able to break into Microsoft Corp (NASDAQ: MSFT ) and access some of its source code, Microsoft said on Thursday, something experts said sent a worrying signal about the spies' ambition.Source code - the underlying set of instructions that run a piece of software or operating system - is typically among a technology company's most closely guarded secrets and Microsoft has historically been particularly careful about protecting it.It is not clear how much or what parts of Microsoft's source code repositories the hackers were able to access, but the disclosure suggests that the hackers who used software company SolarWinds as a springboard to break into sensitive U.Microsoft had already disclosed that like other firms it found malicious versions of SolarWinds' software inside its network, but the source code disclosure - made in a blog post - is new.

" Three people briefed on the matter said Microsoft had known for days that the source code had been accessed.Modifying source code - which Microsoft said the hackers did not do - could have potentially disastrous consequences given the ubiquity of Microsoft products, which include the Office productivity suite and the Windows operating system.

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