Hotmail and MSN users compromised, data snooped



Microsoft has notified its users of a data breach affecting the users of their @msn and @hotmail email services.

Late last week, according to media reports, a “limited” number of people have had their accounts compromised. We don’t know how many, or where they were located.

“We addressed this scheme, which affected a limited subset of consumer accounts, by disabling the compromised credentials and blocking the perpetrators’ access,” said a Microsoft spokesperson in an email.

Microsoft had notified the affected users of the breach, ironically, via email. In the message, the company had told its users that hackers may have gained access to their email addresses, folder names, email subject lines, as well as other email addresses the victims communicated with.

No content of these emails, attachments or login credential were taken, the company said.

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