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Microsoft Confirms Hackers Could Read Outlook, MSN and Hotmail Emails

Microsoft Confirms Hackers Could Read Outlook, MSN and Hotmail Emails

Microsoft first confirmed to Techcrunch that its email service has been compromised for months, with hackers being able to access subject lines of emails and names of people within conversations in select Outlook.com accounts. Email accounts were then accessed and information including each account's email address, folder names, subject lines, and the other email addresses communicated with could be viewed.

Cybercriminals have compromised a "limited" number of Microsoft email accounts, the software giant has told customers. It added that limited parts of Outlook users' emails may, as a outcome, have been compromised too.

"We addressed this scheme, which affected a limited subset of consumer accounts, by disabling the compromised credentials and blocking the perpetrators' access", the company was quoted as saying. Our data indicates that account-related information (but not the content of any e-mails) could have been viewed, but Microsoft has no indication why that information was viewed or how it may have been used.

The fact that Microsoft did not announce publicly that hackers were able to access and read private emails sent by Outlook, MSN, and Hotmail users is incredibly troubling.

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Microsoft sent a warning to Outlook users detailing a hack that lasted from January 1 to March 28.

Microsoft was forced to revise its statement after Motherboard found that the attackers had full access to email content.

However, when approached for comment on the incident, Microsoft confirmed that a small group of users had also been notified that bad actors could have gained unauthorised access to the wider contents of their e-mails. Although Microsoft says that login details and personal information couldn't have been stolen through this particular approach, the company is advising you mix up your password anyway for the hell of it, too. Out of an abundance of caution, we also increased detection and monitoring to further protect affected accounts.


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