Microsoft issues security alert over cyber attack on the email address

Apr 14 2019 05:29 PM
Microsoft issues security alert over cyber attack on the email address

The tech giant Microsoft has alerted some of its webmail users of possible hacker attacks that could access their email accounts illegally. Microsoft in an email notification to some affected users on Saturdaysaid it became aware of an issue involving unauthorised access to some customers' web-based email accounts by cybercriminals.

Xinhua quoted Microsoft as saying in the email, “We have identified that a Microsoft support agent's credentials were compromised, enabling individuals outside Microsoft to access information within your Microsoft email account" between Jan. 1 and March 28."

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It futher said, The unauthorised access could have allowed unauthorized parties to view or access information of Microsoft email user accounts, such as email address, folder names, and the subject lines of emails,

However, the software giant said the content of attached documents to emails would not be read or viewed, and it did not specify how many users of its Outlook.com mail service were affected.

Recommending that affected users reset their login passwords, company said, "Microsoft regrets any inconvenience caused by this issue.”

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Microsoft assured its users that it has immediately disabled the compromised credentials to prevent their use for any further unauthorised access. Microsoft has offered contact information for its data protection officer to help possible hacking victims to better protect their email accounts.

               

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