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Security Flaw in Microsoft’s Azure Server Leaves Bing Data Unprotected

Microsoft left an Azure server with Bing search data exposed due to missing password protection.


has recently been informed by the security organization SOCRadar of a significant vulnerability within one of its Azure storage servers. The server, crucial for housing internal data related to Microsoft's Bing search service, was found to be accessible to anyone with internet access due to the absence of password protection. The exposed server contained a wealth of sensitive information, including code, scripts, and configuration files. These files held passwords, keys, and credentials essential for Microsoft employees to access other internal databases and systems.

Microsoft's Response and Implications

Upon receiving the notification from SOCRadar on February 6, Microsoft took action to secure the Azure storage server, completing the process by March 5. The duration for which the server remained unprotected is not specified, and it remains unclear if unauthorized parties accessed the data. Microsoft has not yet released an official statement regarding the incident. This event is part of a series of security challenges Microsoft has faced, highlighting the ongoing risks and complexities associated with safeguarding digital assets in today's interconnected environment.

Recent Security Challenges

In addition to the Azure server issue, Microsoft has encountered other significant security breaches. In July 2023, the company reported an exploit by China-based hackers targeting a flaw in Outlook, enabling unauthorized access to emails from US and European government entities. The hackers achieved this by acquiring a Microsoft Account (MSA) key, which they used to forge tokens for email account access. Furthermore, in January 2024, Microsoft acknowledged that a hacker group, allegedly sponsored by Russia, gained access to email accounts belonging to some of the company's executives. Information from this breach was subsequently used in March to access Microsoft's source code, underscoring the escalating threats facing the tech giant.

These incidents collectively underscore the critical need for robust cybersecurity measures and the challenges even leading technology companies face in protecting their digital infrastructure. 

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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