Microsoft not spared in ‘weekend of hacking attacks’
Microsoft’s official blog and two of its Twitter accounts are believed to have been hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army.
The sites were hacked by the group to post pro-Syria messages and to criticise the company. Microsoft shut down the accounts for “maintenance” after it discovered they had been compromised.
The attack was one of several carried out by activist and hacking groups during the weekend.
The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) posted messages to the @MSFTnews and @XboxSupport Twitter accounts as well as Microsoft’s official blog on the software giant’s TechNet site.
The attackers posted messages telling people to stop using Hotmail and Outlook, saying Microsoft monitored the services and sold information to governments.
In a statement, Microsoft said the accounts were “temporarily affected” and added that “no customer information was compromised”.
The SEA posted screen grabs on its Twitter feed of the messages it posted on the compromised accounts.
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