Friday, 19 April, 2019

Com breach allowed hackers to read (some) emails for months

Microsoft Says Hackers Had Access to Some Microsoft support agent's email hacked, customer emails compromised
Katie Ramirez | 15 April, 2019, 21:10

Microsoft's Outlook.com service has been the subject of a pretty serious hack in recent weeks.

In the latest of a seemingly endless string of high-profile hacks, Microsoft confirmed to TechCrunch over the weekend that a "limited" number of people who use Microsoft's email platforms - including Outlook, MSN, and Hotmail - had their accounts compromised.

The case came into notice when the software giant discovered that credentials of a support agent were compromised for its Web mail service which led to unauthorised access into some accounts.

'We have identified that a Microsoft support agent's credentials were compromised, enabling individuals outside Microsoft to access information within your Microsoft email account, ' Microsoft's email to its users reads.

The same source also claimed that the hackers had access for "at least six months", although Microsoft disputed this and maintained that the culprits' access lasted between January 1st and March 28th.

However, following a new report from Vice's Motherboard website revealing that hackers were actually able to read the content of emails, Microsoft has been forced to change its stance. The hack did not affect enterprise accounts, it added.

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Even if only a small number of users had their email contents breached, not being totally honest about the situation won't have done Microsoft any PR favors, and could see customers question any future statements from the company.

The source confirms that hackers were able to read the contents of emails, saying the access was used as part of a scam to unlock iPhones which had been stolen.

Microsoft did not respond to multiple requests for additional comment.

The company has now advised affected users to reset their passwords.

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.

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