Thu, 13 May 2021

WASHINGTON D.C.: All U.S. government agencies have been directed to install patches on Microsoft software to prevent hacking into emails.

The directive came from the National Security Agency.

"We recognize when vulnerabilities may pose such a systemic risk that they require expedited disclosure," Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technologies Anne Neuberger said in a statement this week.

While Microsoft reports there have not yet been problems with hacking of the software used by the government, there are fears hackers will attack computers that have not installed the patches.

In early 2021 attacks on over 20,000 servers compromised web versions of Outlook mail.

Actions by the government to protect computers are expected to accelerate, as National Security Agency veterans head to new top cybersecurity positions across government agencies.


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