Microsoft: Law Enforcement Inquiries Related Documents Were Stolen During Recent Phishing Attack

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Recently, Syrian Electronic Army hacked no.of social media accounts of Microsoft. These social media and email accounts of Microsoft employees were subjected to targeted phishing attacks. Microsoft today acknowledged these events together on its Trustworthy Computing blog and revealed another important thing. Along with this social media account hacking activity, Microsoft suspects that some documents associated with law enforcement inquiries were stolen. Microsoft is continuing to investigate about the same.

While our investigation continues, we have learned that there was unauthorized access to certain employee email accounts, and information contained in those accounts could be disclosed.  It appears that documents associated with law enforcement inquiries were stolen.  If we find that customer information related to those requests has been compromised, we will take appropriate action.  Out of regard for the privacy of our employees and customers – as well as the sensitivity of law enforcement inquiries – we will not comment on the validity of any stolen emails or documents.
In terms of the cyberattack, we continue to further strengthen our security. This includes ongoing employee education and guidance activities, additional reviews of technologies in place to manage social media properties, and process improvements based on the findings of our internal investigation.

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Source: Microsoft



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