It’s a complex puzzle, but major media sources including the New York Times are saying that Microsoft suffered a major hack between February 26 and March 2. I can attest to the fact that the hack was real because on I was playing Fallout 4 on Xbox One X during the night of February 26th.
Suddenly, I lost my connection to Microsoft connection. I did routine reset procedures but Xbox didn’t come back for hours. In the interim, I checked Xbox Status and saw that four major services were down. The one service that troubled me was “Accounts”. There was only token information available, but my thoughts immediately turned to The SolarWinds Hack that impacted a massive number of U.S. businesses and government agencies.
Well, almost two weeks have passed since the attack and I believe I’m still experiencing negative effects of the attack. I lost the iteration of Fallout 4 I was playing; I had begun that game in 2019 and it ended February 26, 2021. I didn’t play that iteration non-stop but I had fully developed over a dozen settlements. Fortunately, I was thinking of setting it aside for a while, so the lost was hard but I was on the downside of playing.
I use many Microsoft products and services (Windows, Office, Xbox, others), and I’ve worked with Microsoft indirectly for decades. So, I trust Microsoft and their software engineers and have confidence that they will get a handle on both the SolarWinds and Microsoft hacks. After all, this company has been the most attacked company since the launch of the Internet and it has prevailed.
I’ve seen a wide range of weirdness, mainly on Xbox, but have also seen important emails from trusted vendors disappear. BTW, I’ve also noticed that large amounts of junk mail have disappeared also. I believe that wonkiness will persist for some time to come, but I’m hoping Microsoft will introduce stricter management of Internet traffic. During the SolarWinds hack, one Microsoft official said that a line in the sand had been crossed and I’m hoping that our government will have enough sense to help Microsoft in this battle.
We are so reliant on the Internet. It’s almost impossible to imagine life without it.