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Hackers Steal Law Enforcement Documents From Microsoft 53

wiredmikey writes "Microsoft on Friday said that attackers breached the email accounts of a "select number" of employees, and obtained access to documents associated with law enforcement inquiries. According to the company, a number of Microsoft employees were targeted with attacks aiming to compromise both email and social media accounts '..We have learned that there was unauthorized access to certain employee email accounts, and information contained in those accounts could be disclosed,' said Adrienne Hall, General Manager at Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Group. 'It appears that documents associated with law enforcement inquiries were stolen,' Hall said. Targeted attacks like this are not uncommon, especially for an organization like Microsoft. What's interesting about this is that the incident was significant enough to disclose, indicating that a fair number of documents could have been exposed, or that the company fears some documents will make their way to the public if released by the attackers—which may be the case if this was a 'hacktivist' attack."
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Hackers Steal Law Enforcement Documents From Microsoft

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  • by nyckidd ( 213326 ) on Saturday January 25, 2014 @12:05PM (#46066495)

    If Microsoft can't educate their employees on how to avoid phishing / social engineering attacks what does this say for the rest of the world? Considering the fact that they have already had a number of other widely publicized incidents in the media recently, shouldn't they be on high alert?

    I really hope at some point they decide to release actual details on what really occured, because love or hate them, Microsoft could be the company that actually does something that might actually get through to end users.

  • Re:Betting time! (Score:5, Interesting)

    by kbrannen ( 581293 ) on Saturday January 25, 2014 @12:17PM (#46066553)
    How about (C), a new form of "Freedom of Information Act". :)
  • Re:Ahh... (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 25, 2014 @12:24PM (#46066593)

    I see Microsoft uses hotmail internally too..

    Maybe, but what I'm really hoping for is their version of Snowdon to step forward and blow the whistle on a lot more of their nefarious activities.

    They're a deeply unethical, deceptive and dangerous company that's been doing a lot of damage for a long time. I'm sure there are people working for them that have consciences and would be considering stepping forward.

    If you're one of them, now would be a good time...

  • Not Stolen (Score:5, Interesting)

    by fred911 ( 83970 ) on Saturday January 25, 2014 @01:02PM (#46066761)

    If they were stolen the owner wouldn't have possession or use of said items.

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