Microsoft: Russian hackers accessed internal systems, code repositories

Midnight Blizzard, a group of Russian hackers tied to the country’s Foreign Intelligence Service, has leveraged information stolen from Microsoft corporate email systems to burrow into the company’s source code repositories and internal systems.

“It is apparent that Midnight Blizzard is attempting to use secrets of different types it has found. Some of these secrets were shared between customers and Microsoft in email, and as we discover them in our exfiltrated email, we have been and are reaching out to these customers to assist them in taking mitigating measures,” the company’s Security Response Center shared on Friday.

Last January, Microsoft disclosed that Midnight Blizzard has password-sprayed its way into a legacy non-production test tenant account, and leveraged that account to access corporate email accounts belonging to senior leadership and employees from the cybersecurity and legal departments.

The company still maintains that Microsoft-hosted customer-facing systems have not been compromised by the threat actor.

In an update of the original SEC filing related to this incident, Microsoft says that it has not had a material impact on the Company’s operations, but that it’s too soon to tell whether it will “Impact the Company’s financial condition or results of operations.”

Microsoft says that Midnight Blizzard continues and has augmented its password spray pummeling “By as much as 10-fold in February, compared to the already large volume we saw in January 2024.”.

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