A U.S. cybersecurity advisory panel will investigate the risks of cloud computing, which also includes Microsoft’s role in the recent alleged Chinese hacking of government email systems, Bloomberg News reported on Thursday.

The report quoted people familiar with the matter as saying that the Cyber ​​Security Review Board (CSRB) will focus on the risks of cloud computing infrastructure, including identity and authentication management, and will review all relevant cloud service providers.

The report comes after Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden asked the FTC, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Justice Department in July to “take action” against Microsoft in the wake of the hack. Report.

Microsoft has been under increasing scrutiny after it emerged that hackers allegedly operating on behalf of Beijing got hold of one of its encryption keys and exploited a coding flaw to gain full access to the company’s cloud email platform.

The access was used to spy on the communications of U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and top State Department diplomats.

The U.S. House of Representatives Oversight Committee said last week that it was investigating China’s alleged involvement in recent breaches of the Commerce Department and State Department email systems.

Microsoft and CISA did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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