Microsoft is promising to inform users if of its e-mail (Outlook) and cloud storage (OneDrive) services if government hackers may have targeted their accounts. They’re following in the footsteps of Twitter, Facebook and Google.
Microsoft announced Wednesday that if the company strongly suspects that your account is being hijacked or targeted by hackers working in the interest of a nation-state, it will notify you via an email.
Here’s what Microsoft Vice President Scott Charney writes:
“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 cyber criminals and others. These notifications do not mean that Microsoft’s own systems have in any way been compromised.”
Just last week, Yahoo promised to alert its users whom it suspected were being spied on by state-sponsored hackers. Other big tech companies including Twitter, Facebook and Google, had previously assured their users that they would notify them of any potential government spying. But the UK Government is not happy about that, because they want to be able to have access to user information.