Microsoft India store down after hackers take user data

NEW DELHI Mon Feb 13, 2012 5:07am EST

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NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Microsoft India's retail website was down on Monday after being hacked, with a purportedly Chinese group called Evil Shadow Team posting screenshots the hackers said were customers' obscured usernames and passwords found unencrypted on the site.

"Microsoft is investigating a limited compromise of the company's online store in India," a Microsoft spokeswoman said in an emailed statement.

"The store customers have already been sent guidance on the issue and suggested immediate actions. We are diligently working to remedy the issue and keep our customers protected," she said.

The Microsoft Store India (www.microsoftstore.co.in) website showed an error message promising to restore access as quickly as possible.

The hackers obscured the full usernames and passwords in the screen shots posted on a blog run by Evil Shadow Team member 7z1 (ps.s.blog.163.com). Writing in Mandarin, 7z1 describes himself as a "patriotic hacker."

The hacker, 7z1, told Reuters the data had been found unencrypted on the website.

The Indian edition of Microsoft Store is operated by Indian company Quasar Media. A spokesman said the company was investigating.

"I am not sure when the site will be up again or what happened," spokesman Rahul Roy said.

(Reporting by Frank Jack Daniel; Additional reporting by Melanie Lee in SHANGHAI; Editing by John Chalmers and Robert Birsel)

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PrincessTanee wrote:
From 2 days before,there is a cyber war going on between bangladeshi and indian hackerz. I guess Microsoft india became a victime of it by international supporters. Bangladeshi hackerz defaced more than 7000+ indian website when indian hackerz defaced less than 1000 website :)
Indian govt. & bsf is killing innocent bangladeshi people at border so bangladeshi hackerz are taking down indian govt sites and other indian websites. International hacker groups are now supporting bangladeshi hackerz. Media has got attention here is some online news paper links http://www.prothom-alo.com/detail/date/2012-02-13/news/224348
http://dailytechnology.blogspot.com/2012/02/prothom-alo.html
http://www.banglanews24.com/detailsnews.php?nssl=b3a9520cba0383c5cf548fdd5c87bf59&nttl=1202201288431

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