Microsoft and Google are fighting openly between hacks and competition requests

Google and Microsoft are grappling with knives.

Partially driven by pressure from Lawmakers and regulators over the extraordinary power the two tech companies wield over American life, the California-based search engine giant and the Washington-based software company are struggling to jump under the bus. Tensions between Microsoft Corp and Alphabet-owned Google have been boiling for a while, but the rivalry has become unusually public in recent days as executives from both companies were put on the defensive against competing crises.

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Google faces bipartisan grievances – and journalistic wrath – over its role in gutting the media industry’s ad revenue, the subject of a congressional antitrust hearing on Friday. Microsoft, meanwhile, faces scrutiny for its role in back-to-back cybersecurity breaches.

In the first, the same alleged Russian hackers who compromised Texan software company SolarWinds Corp also took advantage of Microsoft’s cloud software to get into some of the company’s customers. The second, disclosed on March 2, saw alleged Chinese hackers abusing previously unknown vulnerabilities to suck up emails. from Microsoft customers around the world. Addressing lawmakers on Friday in a Judicial Chamber’s antitrust subcommittee on news, Microsoft President Brad Smith should have fired a shot at Google, telling reps that media organizations have been forced to “use Google tools, operate on exchanges. of Google ads, provide data to Google operations and pay Google money, “according to excerpts from his testimony published by Axios.

Google returned fire, saying Microsoft’s “newfound interest in attacking us comes in the wake of the SolarWinds attack and at a time when they’ve allowed tens of thousands of their customers – including government agencies in the US, NATO allies, banks, non-profit organizations “. , telecommunications providers, utilities, police, fire and rescue units, hospitals and, presumably, news outlets – to be actively attacked via Microsoft’s core vulnerabilities. “

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News Highlights:

  • Microsoft, meanwhile, faces scrutiny for its role in back-to-back cybersecurity breaches. In the first, the same alleged Russian hackers who compromised Texan software company SolarWinds Corp also took advantage of Microsoft’s cloud software to get into some of the company’s customers.
  • Microsoft and Google are fighting openly between hacks and competitive demands