Microsoft and Pentagon investigating leaked, sensitive military emails
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The Dept. of Defense and Microsoft are investigating an unsecured server that exposed emails and data from the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) containing sensitive but unclassified information.
The server, which was part of a mailbox system hosted on the Microsoft Azure Government Cloud, was misconfigured in a way that allowed anyone to access it through a web browser without a password as long they knew the server’s IP address. A "white hat" security researcher informed TechCrunch of the vulnerability so that the outlet could alert the government, which secured the server on Monday.
While no classified emails were exposed in the breach, about three terabytes of data from the server were exposed, including emails dating back several years containing conversations between officials and sensitive personnel documents.