There’s some bad news for Outlook.com users, as it’s emerged that the webmail service has been compromised and some folks have had their accounts hacked, with the perpetrators even able to read emails in a limited number of cases – despite Microsoft’s initial denial that email content was viewable. Details of the security breach were revealed when TechCrunch ran a report claiming that some Outlook.com accounts – and those with Hotmail email addresses (the old name for Outlook.com) or MSN.com users – had been compromised. Apparently the hackers managed to get hold of a customer support tech’s login credentials, which they used to access the various consumer user accounts (paid business accounts weren’t affected). Tame your email: how to achieve Inbox Zero in Gmail and Outlook The best email provider of 2019 Here’s how Microsoft is making Outlook.com more intelligent Microsoft clarified that this “affected a limited subset of consumer accounts” and that the malicious activity began at the start of January 2019 and ran through to almost the end of March, so essentially lasted three months. However, Microsoft said the hackers could only see the user’s email address, folders, and subject lines of messages (as well as addresses the user has emailed), but that they couldn’t actually read the contents of an email, or view attachments (or indeed gain access to the login credentials of the account). The worry was that even limited information like email subject lines could enable malicious parties to concoct a more convincing phishing scam… [Read full story]
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