Published: Tue, April 16, 2019
Technology | By Lionel Gonzales

Claim website breach much worse than Microsoft admits

Claim website breach much worse than Microsoft admits

As serious as this sounds, the hack was even worse than Microsoft first let on, as Motherboard reported on Sunday that the hackers were indeed able to access actual emails from "a large number of Outlook, MSN, and Hotmail email accounts".

In our original story, we shared the email that Microsoft was sending out to those who had been affected by the attack, explaining that hackers had only been able to access a limited amount of information. Microsoft has only said there were a "limited number" of compromised accounts.

In the alert, Microsoft warns its punters that, between January 1 and March 28 of this year, the attacker, or attackers, would have had the ability to extract certain information from their inboxes, including the subject names of messages, folder names, contact lists, and user email address.

Motherboard's source also revealed that hackers actually had access to much longer than the 3 months Microsoft admitted to, saying they were able to read emails for at least 6 months.

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"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 company wrote in a warning email. The company stressed that the content of the emails and attachments weren't compromised.

"We addressed this scheme, which affected a limited subset of consumer accounts, by disabling the compromised credentials and blocking the perpetrators' access", a Microsoft spokesperson told TechCrunch in a statement.

However, when approached for comment on the incident, Microsoft confirmed that a small group of users had also been notified that bad actors could have gained unauthorised access to the wider contents of their e-mails. Passwords were not stolen in the hack. Out of an abundance of caution, however, customers whose inboxes were left exposed to the intruder will be getting additional "detection and monitoring" on their email accounts.

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