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Microsoft boots apps out of Azure used by China-sponsored hackers

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Microsoft boots apps out of Azure used by China-sponsored hackers

Image: Computer chip with Chinese flag, 3d conceptual illustration. Steve McDowell / Agefotostock. Article by Dan Goodin. 

Fortune 500 companies aren’t the only ones flocking to cloud services like Microsoft Azure. Increasingly, hackers working on behalf of the Chinese government are also hosting their tools in the cloud, and that’s keeping people in Redmond busy.

Earlier this year, members of the Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center suspended 18 Azure Active Directory applications after determining they were part of a sprawling command-and-control network. Besides the cloud-hosted applications, the members of the hacking group Microsoft calls Gadolinium also stored ill-gotten data in a Microsoft OneDrive account and used the account to execute various parts of the campaign. […]

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