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New York  — A sophisticated attack on Microsoft’s widely used business e-mail software is morphing into a global cybersecurity crisis, as hackers race to infect as many victims as possible before companies can secure their computer systems.

The attack, which Microsoft has said started with a Chinese government-backed hacking group, has so far said at least 60,000 known victims globally, according a former senior US official with knowledge of the investigation. Many of them appear to be small- or medium-sized businesses caught in a wide net the attackers cast as Microsoft worked to shut down the hack...

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