Microsoft: Information Released Like a Gentle Solar Wind

December 31, 2020

I read the New Year’s Eve missive from Microsoft, a company which tries to be “transparent, “Microsoft Internal Solorigate Investigation Update.” I am not sure, but I think the Microsoft Word spell checker does not know that SolarWinds is not spelled Solarigate. Maybe Microsoft is writing about some other security breach or prefers a neologism to end the fine year 2020?

Here’s a passage I found interesting:

Our investigation has, however, revealed attempted activities beyond just the presence of malicious SolarWinds code in our environment. This activity has not put at risk the security of our services or any customer data, but we want to be transparent and share what we’re learning as we combat what we believe is a very sophisticated nation-state actor. We detected unusual activity with a small number of internal accounts and upon review, we discovered one account had been used to view source code in a number of source code repositories. The account did not have permissions to modify any code or engineering systems and our investigation further confirmed no changes were made. These accounts were investigated and remediated. [Bold added to highlight intriguing statements]

To me, an old person who lives in rural Kentucky, it sure sounds as if Microsoft is downplaying:

  • Malicious code within Microsoft’s systems
  • The code performed “unusual activity” whatever this actually means I don’t know
  • The malicious code made it to MSFT source code repositories
  • Whatever happened has allegedly been fixed up.

What’s that unknown unknowns idea? Microsoft may be writing as if there are no unknown unknowns related to the SolarWinds misstep.

If you want more timely Solarigate misstep info, here’s what Microsoft suggests as a New Year’s Eve diversion:

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Stephen E Arnold, December 31, 2020


One Response to “Microsoft: Information Released Like a Gentle Solar Wind”

  1. Ruth Seal on January 1st, 2021 1:54 pm

    I just downloaded Microsoft “EDGE” to view videos, because my Firefox quit having sound. It is very slow.

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