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Microsoft to warn users of govt hacking attempts

Microsoft unveiled a revised policy to inform users when it believes an account has been targeted by state-sponsored hackers.

The move to notify consumer services product users, including users of Outlook.com email and OneDrive, follows similar policies at Facebook and Twitter.

“We already notify users if we believe their accounts have been targeted or compromised by a third party, and we provide guidance on measures users can take to keep their accounts secure. "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,” wrote Scott Charney, corporate vice president of trustworthy computing, in a blog post last week.

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