Many users received a notification from Microsoft Outlook.com letting them know about accounts being breached by hackers.
A Motherboard report said that the breach is “much worse” than what was reported. The hackers were able to access emails and attachments and that the hackers were able to access a large number of Outlook, MSN and Hotmail email 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 meanwhile said in a statement.
“Upon awareness of this issue, Microsoft immediately disabled the compromised credentials, prohibiting their use for any further unauthorized access,” Microsoft said. “Our data indicates that account-related information (but not the content of any emails) could have been viewed, but Microsoft has no indication why that information was viewed or how it may have been used.”
Public Announcement from Microsoft
Microsoft said to it’s Users, “You should be careful when receiving any emails from any misleading domain name, any email that requests personal information or payment, or any unsolicited request from an untrusted source,”.