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Microsoft products also said to have been hacked by Russian groups

One of the most significant cybersecurity events in recent history also seems to have ensnared Microsoft, which Reuters reported Thursday was also infiltrated by the Russian hacking groups that inserted malware into the software updates of a prominent IT company called SolarWinds.


Microsoft representatives had no immediate comment on the report, which did not specify the Microsoft products that were affected by the hack. If confirmed, this breach could be far more significant than the one that affected SolarWinds, which makes monitoring software for corporate networks. Microsoft software has been used inside countless businesses and government organizations around the world for decades.

Update 4:56pm: Microsoft said that it had "detected malicious SolarWinds binaries in our environment" but had found no evidence that its products were compromised or used to conduct further attacks on its customers.

Big Tech benefits from Biden’s sweeping immigration actions

Tim Cook and Sundar Pichai praised President Biden's immigration actions, which read like a tech industry wishlist.

Newly-inaugurated President Joe Biden signed two immigration-related executive orders on Wednesday.

Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Immediately after being sworn in as president Wednesday, Joe Biden signed two pro-immigration executive orders and delivered an immigration bill to Congress that reads like a tech industry wishlist. The move drew enthusiastic praise from tech leaders, including Apple CEO Tim Cook and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai.

President Biden nullified several of former-President Trump's most hawkish immigration policies. His executive orders reversed the so-called "Muslim ban" and instructed the attorney general and the secretary of Homeland Security to preserve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program, which the Trump administration had sought to end. He also sent an expansive immigration reform bill to Congress that would provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented individuals and make it easier for foreign U.S. graduates with STEM degrees to stay in the United States, among other provisions.

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Emily Birnbaum

Emily Birnbaum ( @birnbaum_e) is a tech policy reporter with Protocol. Her coverage focuses on the U.S. government's attempts to regulate one of the most powerful industries in the world, with a focus on antitrust, privacy and politics. Previously, she worked as a tech policy reporter with The Hill after spending several months as a breaking news reporter. She is a Bethesda, Maryland native and proud Kenyon College alumna.

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