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Microsoft Admits SEA Hacked Employees’ E-mails

Microsoft confirmed that its staff accounts were hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army, according to the Register. The tech giant admitted the hacktivist group managed to not only breach their social media accounts, but also several internal e-mails.

This is the second time in a month that the Syrian Electronic Army has hacked Microsoft. The group, which supports President Bashar al-Assad, warned the company to “stay tuned for more.”

Microsoft Admits SEA Hacked Employees’ E-mails“A social engineering cyberattack method known as phishing resulted in a small number of Microsoft employee social media and email accounts being impacted,” Microsoft said in a statement. “These accounts were reset and no customer information was compromised. We continue to take a number of actions to protect our employees and accounts against this industry-wide issue.”

The Syrian Electronic Army hijacked two Microsoft Twitter accounts and an official blog last weekend. The group posted screenshots of emails allegedly belonging to the company’s employees and warned users that Microsoft is passing on their data to governments.

The hacktivists got hit themselves earlier this week, after a Turkish group breached their hosting provider and defaced their official web site.

In 2013, the SEA became notorious after they breached social media accounts and web sites belonging to several major companies and media corporations, including The New York Times, Twitter and even the White House.

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