Microsoft to notify users regarding ‘State-Sponsored’ Hacking attacks

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Microsoft has now announced a new feature that will notify users if they accounts are being attacked or compromised by State-Sponsored attacks. The latest move from the Redmond giant comes after the company was repeatedly questioned by agencies regarding the attacks on 1,000 Hotmail email account by Chinese authorities.

Microsoft to notify users regarding ‘State-Sponsored’ Hacking attacks

For those unaware in a recent disclosure two anonymous ex-Microsoft employees had disclosed the fact that the Redmond giant had stayed mum despite knowing the fact that a number of mail account of leaders of China's Tibetan and Uighur minorities were being targeted by the Chinese authorities back in 2009. As a matter of fact these attacks continued as long as 3 years starting from July, 2009.

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From now on though Microsoft will be notifying the users if it somehow believes that their accounts have been targeted or compromised by an elements linked to any particular state. However the Redmond giant won't be disclosing the exact details regarding the attacks or the methods uses as these could be highly sensitive.

Microsoft to notify users regarding ‘State-Sponsored’ Hacking attacks

Presently however Microsoft only alerts users if it believes their accounts are being targeted by a third party. The new move by Microsoft follows the path created by Facebook, Google, Twitter and Yahoo who too have disclosed of delivering notifications regarding these State-Sponsored attacks.

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