Microsoft confirms managed email data breach

Microsoft

Founded in 1996, Outlook.com is a web-based suite of webmail, contacts, tasks, and calendaring services developed and offered by Microsoft.

Microsoft first confirmed to Techcrunch that its email service has been compromised for months, with hackers being able to access subject lines of emails and names of people within conversations in select Outlook.com accounts. And while 6% might not sound like a lot, Microsoft still hasn't revealed how many accounts were affected by the Outlook hack in total.

Microsoft has experienced a data breach involving attackers leveraging a customer support account to access customers' email information, including the content of some email content, according to news reports. 'This unauthorised access could have allowed unauthorised 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-mails or attachments, between January 1st2019 and March 28th 2019.

"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", the email adds. Microsoft said it immediately disabled the compromised credentials when it became aware of the breach, prohibiting further access. A source told Motherboard reporter Joseph Cox outsiders could exploited a customer support portal to infiltrate any normal customer account, reading contents including the body of an email message.

Republican senator: Trump may be trying to make 'everybody crazy'
In a string of Twitter posts , the president hit back at The Times and said their reporting contained not a single kernel of truth.

Archbishop Welby and Pope Francis hold South Sudan retreat in Vatican
His departure is yet another complication for a war-torn country struggling to maintain peace. The Pope also kissed their feet. "We must deliver", Machar said.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested
The near one-minute clip showed an agitated, frail-looking man with white hair and a white beard escorted by the police. Moreno claimed Assange had been responsible for "repeated violations to global conventions and daily-life protocols".

That was the extent of the breach for most compromised accounts, but around six percent of affected users didn't get so lucky.

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. But now Microsoft has admitted that wasn't the case.

Though Microsoft said user credentials were not impacted, it nonetheless advised users to reset their email password.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Paris fire services fight to put out fires at Notre Dame Cathedral
Apr 16, 2019 - 00:31
Notre Dame dates back to 1160 and defined the City of Paris for centuries. "Emotion of an entire nation". The cause of the blaze was not known but a spokesman said the whole frame of the cathedral was burning.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Tiger caps comeback with 15th major title
Apr 16, 2019 - 00:27
Tiger Woods , 43, celebrated his huge Masters tournament win on April 14 by running into the arms of his 10-year-old son Charlie . Things turned around in 2018, with a win at the Tour Championship his first victory on tour in five years.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Fordham student Sydney Monfries dies from injuries after falling from campus tower
Apr 16, 2019 - 00:25
The 22-year-old had gone to the tower with friends about 3am to get a better view of the city, according to police. First responders reportedly had to use a rescue basket to lift her out of the tower because it was so narrow.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top American Airlines cancels Max flights through mid-August
Apr 16, 2019 - 00:18
Investigators are focusing on the plane's anti-stall software, the Manoeuvring Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS). Boeing chief executive Dennis Muilenburg said at the George W.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Disney Boss Robert Iger Says Star Wars Films Are Going 'On Hiatus'
Apr 15, 2019 - 01:28
The hotly anticipated game from Apex Legends and Titanfall 2 developer Respawn was announced at EA's pre-E3 2018 event. Thanks to his new interview with Jake Hamilton at Star Wars Celebration 2019 , we have more insight into how J.J.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Woods on pace in Masters quest at Augusta
Apr 15, 2019 - 01:16
That was good enough at the time to pull even with Tony Finau and Italian Francesco Molinari , the British Open champion. Tiger Woods has a two-shot lead with two holes to play and is closing in on his first Masters title since 2005.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Former Cavs head coach Ty Lue frontrunner to coach Lakers
Apr 15, 2019 - 01:15
If, and when, his top candidate, Luke Walton , became available Divac would act quickly to make Walton his new head coach. Walton compiled a 98-148 record in three seasons with the Lakers, the same record Joerger had with the Kings.

Donations pour in for boy thrown from Mall of America balcony
Apr 15, 2019 - 00:52
Potts believes this most recent incident is isolated and said the Mall of America continues to be a very safe place to go. The woman refused, and Aranda allegedly threw a glass of water in her face and a glass of tea that struck her leg.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Marcus Smart Diagnosed With Torn Oblique, To Miss 4-6 Weeks
Apr 14, 2019 - 02:26
His absence is a severe blow to Boston , given his ability to guard most positions on the floor. Boston is set to face IN in the first round of the National Basketball Association playoffs.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Los Angeles Lakers, coach Luke Walton agree to part ways
Apr 14, 2019 - 02:17
The Lakers announced on Friday that the team and their head coach have parted ways after three seasons. Walton was a hot commodity when he left Golden State to coach the Lakers.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Julian Assange: U.S. politicians react to arrest of WikiLeaks founder
Apr 14, 2019 - 01:57
The British judicial authorities will assess the extradition request from the USA starting with a video session on the same day. Tthe 47-year-old would have to face the consequences of any breach of the law in foreign jurisdictions, Morrison said .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Uber files much awaited IPO, reveals loss of $1.8B in 2018
Apr 14, 2019 - 01:27
The non-EBITDA net income, however, is an impressive turnaround compared to its 2017 full-year loss of more than $4 million. Uber in 2018 had $11.3 billion revenue, up around 42 percent over 2017, but below the 106 percent growth the prior year.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top UMass Amherst astronomers helped reveal first image of black hole
Apr 14, 2019 - 01:27
A puzzle that seemed to be impossible has finally been cracked and so many scientists, among them Professor Heino Falcke and Dr. She has gained overnight fame because of her significant contributions to bringing the world's first image of a black hole .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Measles outbreak in U.S. raises concerns over unvaccinated population
Apr 14, 2019 - 01:14
Protection against an infectious disease will occur only if at least 93 percent of a child's community is vaccinated. Since October she has been fighting an uphill battle to quell one of the worst USA measles outbreaks in 20 years.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Disney's streaming service to launch on November 12 in US
Apr 13, 2019 - 07:40
The presentation then showcased the service's interface, which is similar to what consumers are used to on competing services. The studio is also releasing another short featuring Bo Peep from the massively popular franchise, entitled Lamp Life .