Microsoft has announced that it will alert its users when it believes that they were hacked by the government.
Other organisations have previously enforced this rule, such as Twitter, Yahoo and Facebook.

This policy change might have stemmed from a high-profile hacking campaign back in 2011, where Chinese minority leaders were under attack.

Microsoft already reports account login attacks, however, now they will specify the type of attack when it has come from a government.

“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 cyber criminals and others,” Microsoft revealed in a news article.

Similar to other organisations that have introduced this policy, Microsoft will not disclose the country which the hacking has come from, or reveal any other information regarding how the attempted hack took place.

An alert such as this does not always suggest that the account has been compromised, it can simply mean that someone has attempted to compromise it.

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