UPDATED 2:30 PM PT – Monday, February 15, 2021
Microsoft’s president said the SolarWinds hack was the largest the world has ever seen. In an interview on Sunday, Brad Smith said the malicious operation required over 1,000 engineers.
The hackers reportedly breached SolarWinds software, giving them access to various companies and government offices. The U.S. government said Russian criminals are the likely culprits and added the hack intended to collect data, rather than destroy it.
Smith said malware was installed through a companywide update.
“I think from a software engineering perspective, I think it’s fair to say this is the largest and most sophisticated attack the world has ever seen,” Smith stated. “When that update went out to 18,000 organizations around the world, so did this malware.”
Cybersecurity experts are trying to determine the full extent of the attack and said it will be difficult to completely remove the infiltrators from the system.