Windows 10 alert: Microsoft says 44 million account at risk

Microsoft says 44 million account of Windows 10 users at risk of been leaked online after attack from unknown source.

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US Tech giant, Microsoft has confirmed that 44 million account details have been leaked.

According to Microsoft, if your details were published online, you will need to change any other accounts that use the same email address and password combination since hackers will be able to login to any with the same details.

That could leaves users’ social media accounts, email address, or worse yet, bank details vulnerable to cyber criminals.

Microsoft said the vast leak was unearthed by its threat research team. They carried out a routine scan of all Microsoft accounts between January and March these details were then compared with a database of more than three billion sets of leaked login credentials.

Out of the three billion or more, Microsoft got 44 million matches. It’s unclear how these email address and passwords were stolen and published online.

However, it could’ve been any number of popular attacks we’ve seen hackers resort to within the last few years.

For example, earlier this month, Android users were warned about a dangerous new malware strain called Strandhogg, which mimicked the login page of certain banking apps to siphon-off key details.

Ploys like this could be used to steal crucial login details, which could match those used to access their Microsoft account.

According to Microsoft, the 44 million accounts are a mixture of consumer accounts and enterprise accounts in the form of Microsoft Azure logins.

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Following the revelation, Microsoft issued the following statement: “For the leaked credentials for which we found a match, we force a password reset.

No additional action is required on the consumer side … On the enterprise side, Microsoft will elevate the user risk and alert the administrator so that a credential reset can be enforced.”

It’s worth checking your email to see if Microsoft has informed you about a hard reset on your Microsoft account password a sigh that your details were exposed.