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What are your thoughts on the latest Microsoft Exchange server news?

  • 14 April 2021
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Looks like the FBI launched an operation to remove a bunch of backdoors from hacked Exchange email servers. I’m curious to hear from more experienced IT folks like you about this. What’s your first/current reaction to the news?


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Maybe the FBI can just fix all the potholes, a nice smooth ride on all roads would be amazing

I like the idea, given appropriate approvals, of government entities doing work like this.

What concerns me is that this is on exchange servers. An unintended mistake could cause a real business outage.



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It sounds like the mitigation was low risk, but really, what's worse?

Your exchange server breaks because the FBI breached your exchange server to close a backdoor to China (or a criminal network) that exposes all of your email, or your entire network gets ransomware because they didn't?

They could just tell you that you have a backdoor, but email contact is kinda out of the question.



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It's a fuzzy situation for sure.
Depends on which gang you trust more..



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Yep Alex. If you don't know it's public on the internet, you likely don't know it's owned and likely won't see the indicators until it's way too late.

Def tough situation.



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The bright side is that there is a court ruling, a public statement from the FBI about it (https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdtx/pr/justice-department-announces-court-authorized-effort-disrupt-exploitation-microsoft), and we're reading an article about it.
That press release is a better read fwiw



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