UPDATED 14:30 PT – Monday, February 15, 2021
Microsoft’s president said the SolarWinds hack was the largest the world has ever seen. In an interview Sunday, Brad Smith said the malicious operation required more than 1,000 engineers.
The hackers allegedly broke the SolarWinds software and gave them access to various companies and government offices. The US government said that Russian criminals are the probable culprits and added the hack that was meant to collect data, instead of destroying it.
Smith said that malware was installed through a company-wide update.
“I think from a software engineering perspective, I think it’s fair to say that this is the biggest and most sophisticated attack the world has ever seen,” Smith said. “When the update went out to 18,000 organizations worldwide, so did this malicious software.”
Cybersecurity experts are trying to determine the full extent of the attack and said it would be difficult to remove the infiltrators completely from the system.