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5 Big Things To Know About The Synnex Hack

From the role Microsoft’s cloud environment played in the hack to the risk posed to VARs to the likelihood of a connection with the Kaseya attack, here are five things to know about the Synnex hack.

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5. Microsoft Cloud Customer Apps Attacked Via Synnex

Synnex said Tuesday morning that hackers had attempted to use the distributor to gain access to customer applications within the Microsoft cloud environment. The bad actors were attempting to access Microsoft cloud applications used by end-user entities, a company spokesperson told CRN Wednesday, rather than applications used by value-added resellers that work directly with Synnex.

Synnex said bad actors attempted in “a few instances” to access Microsoft cloud customer apps via the distributor, and the company declined to comment to CRN on how successful those attempts were. The distributor said Tuesday it’s been working with Microsoft as well as a third-party cybersecurity vendor to conduct a thorough review of the attack since it was identified. Microsoft declined to comment.

Bloomberg reported Tuesday afternoon that the Russian foreign intelligence service (SVR) was behind the Synnex hack. The U.S. government formally blamed the SVR in April for the colossal SolarWinds attack, which compromised nine federal agencies as well as more than 100 private sector organizations. The SVR is also known as APT 29, Cozy Bear and Nobelium.

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