Late last week, Microsoft announced it have been a victim of a similar form of hacking attacks reported recently by Apple and Facebook, and earlier this month by Twitter.
No Customer Data Compromised
In a public statement on Friday on its Security Response Center blog, Microsoft insisted the scope of the attack was fairly limited .
Matt Thomlinson, General Manager of Trustworthy Computing Security, wrote:
“During our investigation, we found a small collection of computers, including some in our Mac business unit, that were infected by malicious software using techniques akin to those documented by other organizations. We haven’t any evidence of purchaser data being affected and our investigation is ongoing.”
While Microsoft, Apple and Facebook insist no customer data was accessed during recent attacks, Twitter cannot make that claim . And last year, social networking giant LinkedIn experienced a highly publicized hacking through which millions of user passwords were potentially leaked .
A Get up Call
We’ve reported recently concerning the potential security dangers small businesses face online. One of several greatest of those could be the compromise of company data when passwords held by third parties are accessed.
For small business owners and staff who could have literally dozens of accounts starting from social media to cloud apps, to PayPal to bank accounts, examples like these breaches must be a wake-up call. Why Due to dangers of something far too many users do: reuse of the identical password across multiple accounts.
As Tom Espiner explained on ZDNet last July after an identical hack of Yahoo exposed the main points of about 400,000 users, the genuine danger is what number other business accounts the hackers might have access to.
According to Espiner, 20 percent or one in five accounts compromised within the Yahoo breach matched the users’ Microsoft accounts — all owing to password reuse. So in other words, when one account’s login information is revealed, it’s as though the cyber attacker suddenly has a key to get inside other accounts.
If your online business maintains multiple sensitive accounts, make sure that they don’t use an identical passwords and other login information. Also, change passwords regularly.
Intruders gaining entrance to 1 account could gain entrance for your financial accounts and cloud apps containing your customer data. That’s a more dire consequence on your business than a single social media account being hacked.