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Thursday December 31, 2015

Microsoft Failed To Warn Victims Of Chinese Email Hack In 2011

According to former employees, Microsoft failed to notify customers that Chinese authorities had hacked into over a thousand Hotmail accounts back in 2011. I'm guessing the standard "year of free credit monitoring" would be pointless now.

On Wednesday, after a series of requests for comment from Reuters, Microsoft said it would change its policy and in future tell its email customers when it suspects there has been a government hacking attempt. The company also confirmed for the first time that it had not called, emailed or otherwise told the Hotmail users that their electronic correspondence had been collected. The company declined to say what role the exposure of the Hotmail campaign played in its decision to make the policy shift.

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