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Microsoft will notify you if it believes you have been targeted by a state-sponsored attack

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Microsoft will start notifying its users if it believes that the user(s) was targeted or compromised by a state-sponsored attack from an individual or group. Already, Microsoft inform its users if it was target of any attacks, but now it goes a step further to help know if it was a third party attack or potentially state-sponsored.

Microsoft stresses that if you do get this notification, it doesn't mean that your account was compromised necessarily, just targeted.

We already notify users if we believe their accounts have been targeted or compromised by a third party, and we provide guidance on measures users can take to keep their accounts secure. We’re taking this additional step of specifically letting you know if we have evidence that the attacker may be “state-sponsored” because it is likely that the attack could be more sophisticated or more sustained than attacks from cybercriminals and others. These notifications do not mean that Microsoft’s own systems have in any way been compromised.

If you receive one of these notifications it doesn’t necessarily mean that your account has been compromised, but it does mean we have evidence your account has been targeted, and it’s very important you take additional measures to keep your account secure. You should also make sure your computer and other devices don’t not have viruses or malware installed, and that all your software is up to date.

This added alert service is offered for both: your Outlook mail account (outlook.com/hotmail/live), and your OneDrive account.

We’re committed to helping our users keep their personal information secure and private. A key part of our work is identifying and preventing unauthorized access to your Microsoft Account (including Outlook.com email and OneDrive) by anyone other than you.

Microsoft suggest steps to make your account more secure to avoid being compromised from attacks. The company suggest that you:

  • Setup and use two-step verification security system.
  • Use a strong password and change it frequently.
  • Watch for suspicious activity on your account.
  • Watch for suspicious emails and websites.
  • Keep Windows, your software, web browser, its plugins, and security software up-to-date.
Source: http://blogs.microsoft.com/on-the-issues/2015/12/30/additional-steps-to-help-keep-your-personal-information-secure/
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Dat title doh?

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For the title.

 

"Microsoft will alert & notify you if it believes you have been targeted by a state-sponsored attack"

 

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*Unless the state can compel Microsoft to not notify you

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Windows 10 is a state-sponsored attack, this is hilarious.

 

 

*Unless the state can compel Microsoft to not notify you

 

So basically not USA (99.999999% of what matters to normal people) or Ireland.

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So basically not USA (99.999999% of what matters to normal people) or Ireland.

Actually I think he was referring to the UK bill that will make it illegal for any company to tell their users if their information was requested by their government. The CEO could spend 2 years in jail if they did. Granted, the USA has been doing things like this for years now. Good ol' yahoo...

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Does this include instances where:

1) Microsoft are forced to keep quiet.

2) Microsoft themselves implemented backdoors for the NSA, FBI, etc, like they did with Outlook, Skype and OneDrive.

 

If it does not include them then the entire system is rather pointless and will only protect users from a fraction of the times they are attacked.

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Oh man where's m'tinfoil hat.

Something something Microsoft is spying on us.

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How do we get notified, and would they include some sort of advice on how to prevent this from happening again ?

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