Microsoft users' e-mails exposed in data breach

Microsoft users' e-mails exposed in data breach

Microsoft further stated that the limited subset of affected accounts only included consumer accounts, and not paid ones for enterprise customers.

The company sent out an email to affected users stating that hackers were able to access user email addresses, subject lines of emails, names of their email contacts, and folder names.

'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. It added that limited parts of Outlook users' emails may, as a outcome, have been compromised too. The information accessed in their accounts extended to the body of emails, their date of birth, calendar activity, admin center, and their logon history.

Over the weekend, Microsoft confirmed that its email services suffered a breach, allowing hackers to view data associated with MSN, Hotmail, and Outlook email accounts.

Microsoft sent a warning to Outlook users detailing a hack that lasted from January 1 to March 28.

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In an email to affected users, Microsoft noted that it "regrets any inconvenience caused by this issue", and that they should 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".

The firm warned in its e-mail that users might receive more spam and phishing e-mails as a result of the incident, and urged users not to click on links from e-mail addresses they did not recognise.

When Microsoft was confronted by the evidence they admitted that hackers had more access than revealed earlier, but said only 6% of the affected had their emails read.

The company went on to say that login details or other personal information were not compromised but advised users to change their passwords as an extra security measure.

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