Microsoft remains tight-lipped about 2013 internal database hack

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Four and a half years ago, an internal bug-tracking database at Microsoft was breached by a "highly sophisticated hacking group", according to five former employees of the company.

When Microsoft discovered the security breach, it cross-referenced breaches of other companies that followed and concluded that no data contained in the database had been used to carry out other attacks.

The five ex-employees said the company's officials became anxious once they realised the database, which contained descriptions of critical and unfixed vulnerabilities in Windows, had been accessed.

It is thought the attack was carried out by a group known as Morpho, Butterfly and Wild Neutron which also attacked Facebook, Apple and Twitter.

"We found a small number of computers, including some in our Mac business unit, that were infected by malicious software using techniques similar to those documented by other organizations".

In an email responding to questions from Reuters, Microsoft said: "Our security teams actively monitor cyber threats to help us prioritize and take appropriate action to keep customers protected".

Such information can be valuable for hackers who can use the databases for guidance on what potential vulnerabilities they can exploit in the future.

Reuters said Microsoft didn't disclose the breach because of this, and because many patches had already been released to customers.

One of the employees told Reuters that Microsoft had improved its cybersecurity after the breach.

Mozilla had a similar attack in 2015 when an attacker accessed a database which included information on 10 unpatched flaws.

Reuters wrote that the hacking group has been called Morpho, Butterfly and Wild Neutron but security researchers say it is a proficient and mysterious group and that they can not determine if it is backed by a state government.

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