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Hackers Access Microsoft Email Services Accounts

Hackers breached Microsoft email services (, Hotmail, MSN) and accessed user accounts after compromising a support agent’s credentials, Microsoft has confirmed.

In a breach notification sent to impacted users, the software giant revealed that hackers had access to its email services for roughly three months this year, between January 1 and March 28.

Microsoft informed users that, following the compromise, “individuals outside Microsoft” were able to access information within the users’ Microsoft email accounts, including the email addresses, subjects of emails, and contact names.

“This unauthorized access could have allowed unauthorized parties to access and/or view information related to your email account (such as your email address, folder names, the subject lines of emails, and the names and email addresses you communicate with), but not the content of any emails or attachments,” Microsoft told users.

Responding to a SecurityWeek inquiry, Microsoft said the...(continued)

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