Microsoft Hotmail account hacking has been in practice for years. Reports say that Microsoft knew about it but chose not to inform users whose accounts were hacked. Surprised? Shocked? Don’t worry. This is not going to continue. Reuters has confirmed that Microsoft is going to change its policy for state-sponsored hacks.
Instead of informing users about acts of Microsoft Hotmail account hacking, the company asked users to change passwords. Hotmail users were not even given an explanation for this. According to the report published by Reuters, the first Microsoft Hotmail account hacking case was reported in May 2011. Trend Micro Inc., a security firm then found out that an email was sent to Taiwan “that contained a miniature computer program.” But no direct connection with Chinese authorities could be traced. A majority of the attacks came from China.
Trend Micro found over a thousand users falling prey to the Microsoft Hotmail account hacking. According to Reuters’ report, “Microsoft also launched its own investigation that year, finding that some interception had begun in July 2009 and had compromised the emails of top Uighur and Tibetan leaders in multiple countries, as well as Japanese and African diplomats, human rights lawyers and others in sensitive positions inside China.” The report says that this information has been given by two former employees of Microsoft. No names have been revealed.
While announcing the new policy, Microsoft said, “As the threat landscape has evolved our approach has too, and we’ll now go beyond notification and guidance to specify if we reasonably believe the attacker is ‘state-sponsored.'”