Microsoft(NASDAQ:MSFT) Issues Hotmail, MSN And Outlook Phishing Warning #Hotmail_MSNApril 15, 2019
Motherboard reported that the issue is in fact worse than originally thought: Hackers were able to access email content from a large number of Hotmail, MSN and Outlook accounts.
The source told the site that hackers were able to access any email account apart from corporate level accounts.
“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 me.
The first comment from Microsoft said only high-level information was affected.
This would have shown a hacker who the person was communicating with, the subject of the email and the birth date of the individual.
“These people could be targeted with phishing scams pretending to be Microsoft support to encourage the person to install a virus on their PC – which could hold the person to ransom or lead to identity theft.”
However, if hackers could access email content, it is much more concerning.
So does this breach fall under the EU Update to Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)?
“Though passwords haven’t been exposed, affected users should change their passwords regardless.
Always be cautious when you receive an email asking you to change your password or click on a link to enter credentials.