What started as a report from Krebs on Security of at least “30,000 US organizations” hacked has quickly morphed into what Bloomberg calls a “Global Crisis” with at least 60,000 hacked businesses. ZDNet reports “exploitation attempts on organizations doubling every two to three hours.” What really stands out about the ZDNet article is an estimate that “at least 125,000 servers remain unpatched worldwide.” Unpatched software is responsible for 20% to 40% of breaches, only surpassed by phishing and social engineering at 70% to 90%.”
Inaction Can Exacerbate the Problem
On March 2, 2021 The Exchange Team at Microsoft released the essential Exchange Server security updates (Click Here) urging users to patch immediately. It is noted that the flaws primarily impact internet facing users of Exchange Server 2013, 2016, and 2019. This was a quiet and long developing hack that escalated quickly into what MIT Technology chronicles as “escalating into a reckless hacking spree.” The Cyber Infrastructure and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) recommends: CISA is aware of widespread domestic and international exploitation of these vulnerabilities and strongly recommends organizations run the Test-ProxyLogon.ps1 script—as soon as possible—to help determine whether their systems are compromised. For additional information on the script, see Microsoft’s blog HAFNIUM targeting Exchange Servers with 0-day exploits. There is also a Microsoft authored script published on GitHub to address the known vulnerabilities. CIOs and IT managers, don’t wait for someone to assess later if you’re impacted, find out immediately and patch. Reducing the level of remediation required due to the Hafnium hack, or limiting even worse consequences to your business, depend upon your immediate actions.
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