(Reuters) – The White House's top cyber security chief on Tuesday called on all government agencies to apply new corrections to Microsoft Corp. as soon as possible. Exchange email servers to prevent hackers.
The rare directive applies to software patches for four flaws discovered by the US National Security Agency and reported to Microsoft.
"We recognize when vulnerabilities can pose such a systemic risk that they require rapid information," said Assistant National Security Adviser for Cyber and Emerging Technicians Anne Neuberger in a statement.
Microsoft said they had not seen the issues exploited so far, but hackers will study the new fixes to see what they fix and then use attacks on machines that have not been shipped.
The new flaws coming on top of these were used in a flood of attacks earlier this year that compromised more than 20,000 US local Exchange servers that handled web versions of Outlook mail.
Although the vast majority of those exposed to the previous round of attacks have now patched up their systems, Justice Department officials said on Tuesday that they had won court permission to access privately owned servers and remove the web pages provided by some of the hackers for future remote access.
That type of active engagement by U.S. officials is expected to be accelerated with this week's nominations of NSA veterans for other national cyber security posts, including the head of the Department of Homeland Security and Infrastructure at the Department of Homeland Security. Catalog