Microsoft accounts being accessed illegally by hackers18/04/2019
Microsoft announced that some Outlook.com accounts have had their address, directory names, and mail headlines stolen by hackers. However, Microsoft admitted that their email service intrusion was worse than its initial assessment.
Recently, technology giant Microsoft has confirmed that its Outlook email service had been illicitly accessed by hackers for several months, from January 1 to March 28, 2019.
Microsoft investigation shows that hackers used login information stolen from customer support staffs and accessed to many user information. To be more specific, the information got into the hands of hackers include email address, directory name, email title and email contacts. However, the contents of the email and attachments are not exposed.
The software company immediately disabled that employee account, but Microsoft later discovered that some of those affected emails had their content “stolen”. On April 14, Vice magazine reported that Microsoft had sent another message to about 6% of the victims in the case and admitted that the login information of its web mail service had been leaked and hackers could access to some accounts. Microsoft insists that this unauthorized intrusion affects customers more seriously than expected.
"Our notice to the majority of affected people noted that bad guys don't access email content and attachments. Only a small group (about 6% of the total) is notified, bad guys can illegally access to mail content, "said Microsoft spokesman.
It is still unclear how many customers using Microsoft email services are affected but the technology firm has warned their users of the increasing fraudulent actions using email accounts, and, at the same time recommended the affected cases that when received a warning letter, they should change the email password immediately to ensure the highest safety. Microsoft also said that this is only a precaution because the login email information has not yet been exposed.
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