Coming to terms with an hacking and Information breach case, Microsoft is reaching out to a users Telling them of an Outlook.com hack That exposed data sent over Mails to hackers who Retained accessing their Account between January 1 to March 28.
Founded in 1996, Outlook.com is a online suite of webmail, contacts, jobs, and calendaring services developed and offered by Microsoft.
In an email being sent to affected users, Microsoft claims that apart from the content of the emails containing attachments, the hackers could have possibly viewed accounts email addresses, folder titles and subject lines of the mails received and sent, The Verge reported on Saturday.
“Our data suggests that account-related data (but not the content of any e-mails) might have been seen, but Microsoft does not have any indication why that information was seen or how it might have been used,” the report quoted the firm as saying in its own email.
The situation came into notice once the software giant found that credentials using a service agent were compromised because of its Web mail service which resulted in unauthorised access into some accounts.
“We addressed this strategy, which influenced a limited subset of customer accounts, by minding the compromised credentials and blocking the perpetrators’ access,” the report quoted a Microsoft spokesperson as saying.
Even though the software giant ensures that no login information or other personal information were stolen from the hackers, the company is advocating that influenced users reset their passwords.
“Please be certain that Microsoft takes data protection very seriously and has engaged its internal security and privacy teams at the investigation and resolution of the matter, in addition to additional hardening of systems and processes to prevent such recurrence,” the email provides.
As of now, it stays undisclosed how many users were affected by the violation.
This safety incident comes weeks after a former security researcher pleaded guilty to hacking into Microsoft and Nintendo servers for any number of weeks in January 2017, allowing European hackers to access pre-release versions of Windows.