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Attackers Actually Able to Read User Emails — Microsoft Hacked

15 April 2019, 09:15 | Casey Mitchell

Microsoft email accounts were left vulnerable Credit Microsoft

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Microsoft's Outlook hack is worse than the company originally warned. Microsoft has only said there were a "limited number" of compromised accounts.

A report from Motherboard and citing an unnamed source with knowledge of the hack reveals that the attackers could "gain access to any email account as long as it wasn't a corporate level account".

Apparently the hackers managed to get hold of a customer support tech's login credentials, which they used to access the various consumer user accounts (paid business accounts weren't affected).

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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.

Our notification to the majority of those impacted noted that bad actors would not have had unauthorized access to the content of e-mails or attachments.

Microsoft said the credentials gave access to the email addresses, subject lines and folder names of a "limited number" of email accounts, but not the actual contents of the email.

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This security incident comes weeks after a former security researcher pleaded guilty to hacking into Microsoft and Nintendo servers for a number of weeks in January 2017, allowing European hackers to access pre-release versions of Windows.

With access to our cloud data and PCs in many cases tied to our Microsoft accounts, which are also our Outlook.com email addresses, Microsoft owes it to users to be more clear about the compromise, and also how they will prevent it from recurring in the future. 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.

Specifically, Microsoft admitted it had sent notifications of a security breach to some users which informed them that their email content had (potentially) been read, but that this only applied to a small amount of the affected users, around 6%.

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