Microsoft is in critical condition after a viral attack compromised the software and cloud computing services used by more than 30 million people around the world, the company said.
The cyberattack, dubbed the “sage”, struck Wednesday, forcing many organizations to switch to Azure, which provides software and services for Microsoft’s cloud-based business, data, and analytics platforms.
The company said that more than 3 million Azure users had experienced problems accessing their cloud-hosted data.
The attack began on Wednesday morning and lasted through the morning, with Azure customers reporting “severe connectivity issues” and “no data backup”.
Microsoft said that the “most severe” affected accounts were those with 10,000 or more Azure users.
The Microsoft Azure security team said that a number of security features in Azure are “in critical condition” and that it is taking steps to fix the problems.
Microsoft said that some customers may be able to access some of their cloud services from Azure.
It is not immediately clear how many customers have been affected, or whether those affected have been unable to access their cloud service.
In a blog post on Thursday, Microsoft said it is working to fix any remaining vulnerabilities.
The attacks were the latest in a series of cyberattacks targeting businesses and governments around the globe.
In May, Microsoft was hit by a cyberattack that caused the software giant to temporarily suspend some services, including its Azure cloud services, for several days.
In August, the security firm Symantec said that at least five million computers around the planet had been infected by a virus that affected more than 5 million people.
Earlier this month, a security researcher revealed that a virus had infected more than 1 million machines in the United States and infected more computers in more than a dozen countries.