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Microsoft expands political security service to 12 European countries

FILE PHOTO: General view of Microsoft is the logo of Microsoft Corporation headquarters in Issy-les-Moulineaux, near Paris, France, April 18, 2016. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/File Photo

(Reuters) – Microsoft Corp on Wednesday said that its cyber security service AccountGuard 12 new markets in Europe, including Germany, France and Spain, to close holes in the security and protection of clients in the political space of the hack.

Microsoft had recently discovered attack, which is between September and December 2018, aimed at staff of the German Council for Foreign Relations and European offices of The Aspen Institute and The German Marshall Fund, the company said in a blog post.

The attacks, which targeted 104 employee accounts in Belgium, France, Germany, Poland, Romania, Serbia, are believed to have originated from a group called Strontium, the company added.

The AccountGuard service is also available in Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Portugal and Slovakia.

For a critical European Parliament elections in May, German officials trying to strengthen cyber security after a major data breach by a 20-year-old student, have exposed the vulnerability of Europe’s largest economy.

Reporting by Shubham Kalia in Bengaluru, Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips

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