It seems that the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) has its sights set on Microsoft yet again. Back in Jan. 1, the group initiated attack on a number of Microsoft social media accounts - the Twitter and Facebook pages of Skype were compromised. The group also posted a warning about using Microsoft Outlook stating that the company sells user account information to the American government. And now, Microsoft has confirmed that the SEA had hacked into its servers to gain access to employee email accounts.
The software giant said the hacker group used the email accounts to post three internal emails. The group used a phishing attack that allowed it to gain access to the Microsoft employee email accounts. While the attack has been confirmed, Microsoft said the group was not able to access customer information. The company has also stated that the compromised accounts have already been reset and the leak has been sealed for now.
Neither Microsoft nor SEA has disclosed the contents of the email accounts that were hacked. However, the contents of these accounts could prove very damaging to the company if vital and confidential information about the company and its operations were accessed and taken.
The hacker group also made fun of one Microsoft employee in a tweet on the official SEA Twitter account.
"A Microsoft employee wanted to make his password more stronger, so he changed it from 'Microsoft2' to Microsoft3' #happened," the group tweeted.
— SyrianElectronicArmy (@Official_SEA16) January 4, 2014
Even as SEA continues to be a thorn on Microsoft's side, the hacker group said it is far from getting done with the software giant. "We didn't finish our attack on @Microsoft yet, stay tuned for more! #SEA," SEA tweeted.
We didn't finish our attack on @Microsoft yet, stay tuned for more! #SEA — SyrianElectronicArmy (@Official_SEA16) January 15, 2014
The SEA is a group of hackers with ties to Syria. While the group has continuously stated that they are not affiliated with the Syrian government under President Bashar al-Asaad, the group is openly supporting al-Asaad. The group has attacked a number of high profile targets in the past. Companies and organizations that were victims of the attack in the past, include Harvard University, the U.S. Marine Corps, Outbrain and Rueters.