Microsoft has recently sent an email to all the Outlook.com users informing them of security access, hackers breached accounts for a month earlier this year. The software giant discovered that a support agent’s credentials were compromised for its webmail service which allows unauthorized access to some accounts between January 1st and March 28th, 2019.
Microsoft further said that the hackers could view account email address, folder names, and subject lines of emails, but not the content of emails or attachments. It is unclear how many users have been affected when the hackers breached, and who was involved in obtaining access to Outlook.com email accounts.
“Our data indicate that account-related information (but not the content of any e-mails) could have been viewed, but Microsoft has no indication why that information was viewed or how it may have been used,” says Microsoft in an email to affected users.
Although the hackers were not able to steal login details or other personal information, as for precautionary measure the software giant is recommending that affected users reset their passwords.
“Microsoft regrets any inconvenience caused by this issue,” says the security notification. “Please be assured that Microsoft takes data protection very seriously and has engaged its internal security and privacy teams in the investigation and resolution of the issue, as well as additional hardening of systems and processes to prevent such recurrence.”
However, the security incident come after a few weeks when a former security researcher pled guilty for hacking into Microsoft and Nintendo servers. Also in January 2017, Microsoft’s Windows development breached for weeks which allowed hackers across all the Europe to access pre-release versions of Windows.
“We addressed this scheme, which affected a limited subset of consumer accounts, by disabling the compromised credentials and blocking the perpetrators’ access,” says a Microsoft spokesperson.
The potential hacking issue which impacted users could be subjected users to phishing emails, increased Spam, and other content. Users who have received this alert should be extra cautious from now onwards while interacting with emails.