The e-mail servers of the European Banking Organization have been compromised as a result of a global cyber attack carried out due to the detection of a vulnerability in the Microsoft Exchange service.

This was reported by "European Truth" with reference to the BBC.

The EU body said that personal data could be accessed from its servers and it shut down its entire e-mail system while the damage was assessed.

"EBA is working to determine what data has been accessed," the organization said.

Microsoft Exchange servers are widely used for e-mail by large enterprises and governments. But only a few organizations admitted to being attacked.

According to Microsoft, the cyberattack exploited a vulnerability in the Microsoft Exchange e-mail system or sometimes used stolen passwords to look like someone who should have access to the system.

Then the mail server was remotely managed and data was stolen from the network.

U.S. officials warned last weekend that the attack remained an "active threat." "Everyone who runs these servers - the government, the private sector, academia - must act now to fix them," said White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki.

Microsoft believes that behind the cyberattack is a Chinese-sponsored attacker named Hafnium. But China denies involvement.

According to initial estimates, about 30,000 American organizations were affected.

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