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Unsafe passwords: attacks on Microsoft accounts increased by 300 percent

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 | Gadgets

According to the company, attacks on Microsoft user accounts increased in the first half of 2017 by 300 percent compared to the previous year's period. This is clear from the company's IT security report. For the increase of the attacks Microsoft makes among other things the availability of more published passwords from larger hacks responsible, in addition uncertain, easy to guess passwords and phishing attacks. Not all of the attack attempts were successful.

In the case of major attacks, for example, 68 million password hashes were published by Dropbox users, and 117 million access data from the social network linked to Microsoft Linkedin are now available on the Internet. Microsoft recommends that users use unique, strong passwords: "One of the most important things users can do to protect themselves is to use unique passwords for each site." Two-factor authentication can also protect against attacks.
More "malicious" IP addresses used
According to Microsoft, the login attempts of malicious IP addresses have increased by about 44 percent. The company recommends that users log in to a list of trusted IP addresses.

The report is based on an analysis of Microsoft's own security systems. Each month, one would process 450 billion authentications, check about 400 billion emails for phishing and malware, and search 18 billion websites for potentially harmful content. The report includes both consumer and enterprise data.

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