Sunday, 10 June 2012

Microsoft Store India Hacked, Passwords Stored in Plain Text

This week, Microsoft has found itself to be the latest victim of hacking as hackers targeted the Microsoft Store India. Owned and run by Quasar Media, the site yesterday displayed (Google Cache) this welcome message to visitors to the site:

Those responsible for the attack go by the name of EvilShadow team and appear to be Chinese. The group has not yet provided a reason for the attack, except to say that "unsafe system will be baptized." According to Windows Phone Sauce, EvilShadow managed to access the site's database where users' passwords were being stored in plain text. The group has posted a screenshot showing a sample of the stolen login credentials on its blog. Needless to say, if you're registered with Microsoft Store India, now might be a good time to change your password. Microsoft has not yet commented on the breach, and Quasar Media, the company that operates MS Store India, hasn't released a statement regarding the incident either.

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