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Hackers compromised Microsoft’s customer support account and access information of some outlook email accounts.
Hackers have accessed
- Email address,
- Folder names
- E-mail subject lines
- But didn’t get access to email attachments.
It’s not clear how many users were affected by this security breach, in the investigation by Microsoft.
“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 Microsoft said in the email.
“We have identified that a Microsoft support agents credentials were compromised, enabling individuals outside Microsoft to access information within your Microsoft email account.”
“Microsoft is committed to providing our customers with transparency. As part of maintaining this trust and commitment to you, we are informing you of a recent event that affected your Microsoft-managed email account.”
This unauthorized access could have allowed unauthorized parties to access and/or view information related to your email account (such as your e-mail address, folder names, the subject lines of e-mails, and the names of other e-mail addresses you communicate with), but not the content of any e-mail or attachments, between 1st January and 28th March 2019.”
As a result, you may receive phishing emails or other spam emails. You should be careful any e-mails from any misleading domain name, any e-mail that requests personal information or payment, or any unsolicited request from an untrusted source.”
“It is important to note that your email login credentials were not directly impacted by this incident, However, out of caution, you should reset your password for your account.”
In January 2017, Microsoft Windows development servers were breached for a number of weeks, which allowing hackers across Europe to access pre-release versions of Windows.
“Microsoft regrets any inconvenience caused by this issue,” the company says. “Please be assured that Microsoft takes data protection very seriously and has engaged its internal security and privacy teams in the investigation and resolution of the issue, as well as. additional hardening of systems and processes to prevent such recurrence.”