Two Busted in Microsoft Hack

Friday, June 23, 2017 @ 12:06 PM gHale


Two men are facing charges after their arrest Thursday for hacking Microsoft.

The arrest stems from a joint law enforcement effort by Microsoft and the FBI, EUROPOL, EMSOU (East Midlands Special Operations Unit), and the NCA’s National Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU).

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While the names of the two suspects have not been revealed, British media reports the two suspects are from Lincolnshire and Bracknell and are thought to be part of an international group that hacked into Microsoft’s network between January and March this year.

Police raided their homes and seized computers and evidence that could help with the investigation. One of the suspects is charged with gaining unauthorized access to a computer, while the other one was arrested for Computer Misuse Act offenses.

While very little is known about the hack itself, Microsoft said the attackers did not gain access any customer data. They also added all their systems were up and running right after the attack.

“Today’s action by authorities in the UK represents an important step… Stronger Internet security depends on the ability to identify and prosecute cybercriminals. This requires not only a strong technical capability, but the willingness to acknowledge issues publicly and refer them to law enforcement,” a Microsoft spokesperson said.

“No company is immune from cybercrime. No customer data was accessed, and we’re confident in the integrity of our software and systems. We have comprehensive measures in place to prevent, detect, and respond to attacks,” the spokesperson said.

While the two were arrested in the United Kingdom, police officers said investigations are currently under way in several other countries, with more arrests likely.



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