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Chinese hackers accessed government emails, Microsoft says

LONDON (Reuters) – Chinese state-linked hackers have secretly accessed the email accounts of around 25 organisations, including government agencies, as part of a sweeping cyber espionage campaign by a group that primarily targets entities in Western Europe, Microsoft said on Wednesday.

The hacking group, which Microsoft has dubbed Storm-0558, forged digital authentication tokens to gain access to webmail accounts running on the company’s Outlook service, Microsoft said in a statement posted on its website. The activity started in May.

“As with all observed state actor activity, Microsoft has contacted all targeted or compromised organizations directly through their tenant administrators and provided them with important information to help them investigate and respond,” the statement added.