Exclusive: Microsoft to warn email users of suspected hacking by governments :

Exclusive: Microsoft to warn email users of suspected hacking by governments :

 
 

SAN FRANCISCO Microsoft Corp said on Wednesday it will begin warning users of its consumer services including Outlook.com email when the company suspects that a government has been trying to hack into their accounts.

The policy change comes nine days after Reuters asked the company why it had decided not tell victims of a hacking campaign, discovered in 2011, that had targeted international leaders of China’s Tibetan and Uighur minorities in particular.

According to two former employees of Microsoft, the company’s own experts had concluded several years ago that Chinese authorities had been behind the campaign but the company did not pass on that information to users of its Hotmail service, which is now called “Outlook.com.”

In its statement, Microsoft said neither it nor the U.S. government could pinpoint the sources of the hacking attacks and that they didn’t come from a single country.

The policy shift at the world’s largest software company follows similar moves since October by Internet giants Facebook Inc, Twitter Inc and most recently Yahoo Inc.

Google Inc pioneered the practice in 2012 and said it now alerts tens of thousands of users every few months.

For two years, Microsoft has offered alerts about potential security breaches without specifying the likely suspect.

In a statement to Reuters, Microsoft said: “As the threat landscape has evolved our approach has too, and we’ll now go beyond notification and guidance to specify if we reasonably believe the attacker is ‘state-sponsored’.”

In a blog post published late Wednesday, Microsoft said: “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. (here)

The Hotmail attacks targeted diplomats, media workers, human rights lawyers, and others in sensitive positions inside China, according to the former employees.

Microsoft had told the targets to reset their passwords but did not tell them that they had been hacked. Five victims interviewed by Reuters said they had not taken the password reset as an indication of hacking.

Online free-speech activists and security experts have long called for more direct warnings, saying that they prompt behavioral changes from email users.

Upcoming Bollywood Movies 2015-2016 Calendar & Release Dates

Upcoming Bollywood Movies 2015-2016 Calendar
Here is the list of  Upcoming Bollywood Movies 2015-2016 release dat es for New Hindi Movies.This list is subject to changes as it depends on censor certification.  Below is the Bollywood Movies 2015 -2016 calendar this is an incomplete list and will be updated as the year goes by.

Movie Name

Release Dates

Dilwaale 18 Dec 2015
BajiRao Mastani  18 Dec 2015
Wazir Jan 8 2016
Ghayal Once Again Jan 15 2016
Airlift  22 Jan 2016
Mastizaade Jan 29 2016
Fitoor Feb 12 2016
Neerja Feb 19 2016
Jai Gangajal Mar 4 2016
Fan Apr  15 2016d
Housefull 3  3 June 2016
Jagga Jasoos 3 June 2016
Sultan  Eid 2016
Mohanjodaro     12 Aug 2016
Rustom  12 Aug 2016
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil   Diwali 2016
Dangal   Christmas 2016
Dhoni Untold Story 2016