Microsoft India store hacked; login IDs, passwords stolen

Microsoft’s online store in India has been hacked, with the hacker team - evidently from China - claiming credit and taking away login IDs and passwords of customers of Microsoft products.

The site is (Microsoftstore.co. in)not run by Microsoft, but is owned and operated by Quasar Media, an Indian company that has been “appointed by Microsoft to own, maintain and operate the online store.”

 Microsoft India store hacked; login IDs, passwords stolen

Login IDs and passwords were compromised in the hack attack.

The Evil Shadow Team, evidently from China, claimed credit for the hack, and the theft of the login IDs and passwords, which was rendered easy by the fact that all the sensitive information appeared to have been stored in plain text.

The site is now offline, but wpsause website, which broke the news, reports that while the reason for this hack hasn’t been explicitly stated, the hackers appear to have uploaded a file called evil. Html, which says “Unsafe system will be baptized.”

More here and here

A word of advice from all these sites: If you have registered at Microsoft India Store at any point of time, you are strongly urged to change your password right now. It’s extremely crucial you do that right away.

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Updated Date: Feb 13, 2012 13:31:44 IST