These days, it's probably rare to see @ msn.com or @ hotmail.com, or even the newer @ outlook.com, but users of these long-standing email accounts already exist. They can show their age, but now they can show something else too. Microsoft recently notified Outlook.com users of a security breach that allowed hackers not to steal small amounts of data. Unfortunately, it seems that Microsoft has not admitted everything, and the scope of this compromise is actually worse than he suspects.
First, not only Outlook.com accounts were affected. Even the older Hotmail and MSN accounts contained their information, which was not surprising given that these three names are almost aliases to each other. Even more disturbing, however, is the fact that hackers could read e-mail content, not just subject lines. This was initially rejected by Microsoft.
This information came from a source that came into contact with the motherboard of Vice last March, a month before Microsoft's approval. The source shows that consumer accounts were hit the hardest, as corporate customers were protected from the tool that hacked Outlook accounts.
This tool, owned by a senior customer support representative, actually had access to more content than Microsoft told the affected accounts. The source showed the motherboard that hackers were even gaining access to content in e-mail, contrary to the company's original claim. Microsoft confirmed the fact later, but made it clear that only 6% of the total number of affected accounts was read. That is, there are no exact numbers.
Microsoft's email states that the attack has been in progress for three months, but the source claims everything has happened within six months. At this point nobody is sure what else Microsoft does not tell the affected users.