Com breach allowed hackers to read (some) emails for months

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According to a Motherboard report, however, the hackers could access the contents from a large number of Outlook, MSN, and Hotmail email accounts.

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

The company told affected users in an email that "the content of any emails or attachments" were not accessed in the breach earlier this year, and that it "immediately disabled the compromised credentials" once it became aware of the issue. Because of that, an European Union investigation is likely to follow into whether Microsoft complied with the regulation and whether it did its best to prevent the hack.

The case came into notice when the software giant discovered that credentials of a support agent were compromised for its Web mail service which led to unauthorised access into some accounts.

However, responding to an article in the online Vice website Motherboard, Microsoft confirmed that some users were advised that the content of their emails may have been vulnerable to the hacker. The hack did not affect enterprise accounts, it added.

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Additionally, the source claims hackers were able to access the emails for at least six months-twice the amount of time Microsoft claims-though the company denies this is true.

It's still not certain how many people were victims of the breach.

Microsoft didn't specify how many accounts were compromised, other than telling TechCrunch that "a limited number of consumer accounts were impacted, and we have notified all impacted customers".

Microsoft did not respond to multiple requests for additional comment. The site's source witnessed the attack and described it in March, before Microsoft's statement. In a blog post from April, Microsoft said that it saw an average of 300,000 phishing attempts in February alone.

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