Microsoft to Warn Users Against Government Hacking

Microsoft previously didn't report government hacking attempts in China

Microsoft (MSFT) has announced that it will now warn users when they are being targeted by government hackers.

microsoft-hacking-msftThe company said that it will alert Microsoft Account holders, which includes Outlook email and OneDrive, if they are being targeted by a third party or state-sponsored hackers. The company said that these alerts won’t mean the account is compromised, only that it has been targeted.

Microsoft said that it won’t provide specific evidence of how it discovers who hackers are because the details could be sensitive. It also suggests that users take measures to make their accounts more safe, such as activating two-step verification, making sure all software is up to date and more.

Microsoft’s decision to alert users of government hacking attempts comes during reports from Reuters that it didn’t do so when China attempted to hack accounts belonging to its citizens. The hacking was first seen back in 2011, but it wasn’t yet known that the Chinese government was behind it, reports Reuters.

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