Microsoft dropped to inquire after Hotmail users about hacks

Jan

1

2016

Microsoft dropped in 2011 after include Tibetan and Uighur warn Hotmail users to attack by Chinese hackers, let former employees know to Reuters. Microsoft has now decided to inform users of hack attempts by governments.

Microsoft In 2011, Trend Micro found a vulnerability in Hotmail, allowing attackers copies of e-mails could be sent to a different address. In response, Microsoft itself began an investigation and found out that the interception of e-mails had been operating since July 2009 under way and that above all messages from Tibetan and Uighur leaders in several countries were targeted. Diplomats and human rights lawyers in China proved to be safe. Two former Microsoft employees have now Reuters know that although it was clear that a lot of the attacks came from China, the company decided not to warn the victims.

Microsoft have sent an email to the affected users in which they were asked to change their password, but they do not involve the aforementioned reason. The company itself states that could be taken quickly in this way and that at the time was not clear where the attack came from. Other sources, who knew of the discussion, however, report that Microsoft did not want to upset the Chinese government.

Microsoft has now announced in the future to warn users when there are signs of hacking by governments. The company thus follows the line of many other major players, including Google, Twitter and Facebook. It is not the first time that a Chinese hackers company designates as guilty; Google did this in 2011

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