Massachusetts cities, towns warned of potential email server attack

By Colin A. Young

BOSTON — The state’s cybersecurity chief warned municipal leaders of a high-risk risk to a standard email system over the weekend as federal officers urge companies and governments to guard themselves in opposition to what the White House mentioned is, “a major vulnerability that might have far-reaching impacts.”

Massachusetts Secretary of Technology Services and Security Curt Wood despatched an alert to native leaders Saturday to ensure cities and towns that use an onsite Microsoft Exchange server have been conscious that state-sponsored hackers from China have been capable of infiltrate the servers to steal emails, tackle books and different info.

“You ought to take instant and acceptable motion to guard your surroundings,” Wood wrote, directing native leaders to a bulletin printed by the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center and an emergency directive from the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki mentioned Friday the Microsoft breach, “is an lively risk,” and that the Biden administration is, “involved that there are a big quantity of victims.”

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