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United Nations’ SharePoint Hacked: Is your company safe?

11.04.20

Hackers found a vulnerability in the United Nations’ SharePoint software and was able to retrieve up to 40 GB of sensitive data

United Nations’ SharePoint Hacked: Is your company safe?


October 30, 2020


This October, Microsoft released over 80 security patches for SharePoint. SharePoint is a standard management system from Microsoft, which is often used by a variety of companies. SharePoint is very popular, and because it is a common target for many hackers. Our SharePoint Security Scan evaluates installation problems, configuration issues, negatively associated links, all while keeping you and your company safe. Our SharePoint security test is easy to use and conveniently located in the scanner section of our dashboard. 


Since the beginning of the covid-19 pandemic, millions have been staying at home in an effort to curb the spread of the virus. With more and more people staying at home, work-from-home has become commonplace. More now than ever, companies are relying on web-hosted sites like SharePoint to share information and keep organized with employees. Even the most secure software can be hacked.


SharePoint hacking can happen, even to services like SharePoint. In fact, in January 2020, Hackers found a vulnerability in the United Nations’ SharePoint software and was able to retrieve up to 40 GB of sensitive data, according to the Associated Press. The Associated Press states that “The report says a flaw in Microsoft’s SharePoint software was exploited but the hackers to infiltrate the networks but that the type of malware used was not known, nor has technicians identified the command and control servers on the internet used to exfiltrate information. Nor was it known what mechanism was used by the hackers to maintain their presence on the infiltrated network.” With little information known about what caused the attack, the United Nations warns of rising cybersecurity espionage attempts.


A great way to prevent hacking to your SharePoint is to keep this software up-to-date, allowing for all patches to be deployed on your behalf. If you are unsure if your SharePoint is compliant, you can simply use Synergy Infosec’s SharePoint Scan. Our SharePoint Scanner can test the security vulnerabilities, web servers, and potential configuration errors within seconds via our web-hosted dashboard. In addition to this easy-to-use scanner, our convenient consults are available via consultation to help. 

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