The hacker has had access on the emails for months.
A report by The Verge revealed that Microsoft’s Outlook.com email has recently been compromised: a hacker was able to access accounts starting from January to March of this year. It was mentioned that the hacker also had access to email addresses and folders though it wasn’t able to access the emails themselves.
This was due to a compromised credential for one of the support agents for Outlook.com, where a hacker has gained access. At the moment, Microsoft has been contacting users who may have been affected, but as always it is recommended that everyone who uses an Outlook.com email should change their passwords and turn-on two-factor authentication.
“Our data indicate that account-related information (but not the content of any e-mails) could have been viewed, but Microsoft has no indication why that information was viewed or how it may have been used. As a result, you may receive phishing emails or other spam emails. You should be careful when receiving any e-mails from any misleading domain name, any e-mail that requests personal information or payment, or any unsolicited request from an untrusted source. It is important to note that your email login credentials were not directly impacted by this incident. However, out of caution, you should reset your password for your account,” Microsoft said in a statement.