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Microsoft Notifies BPOS Cloud Customers of Breach
Category : General 25 Dec 2010 01:59 AM | Industry News
Microsoft confirmed the breach in a statement, and said the problem was fixed within two hours of discovery. The company did not say exactly how long the error existed, but stated that only a limited number of improper downloads took place. According to Clint Patterson, Microsoft’s director of BPOS Communications, the issue only affected Business Productivity Online Suite–Standard customers; no other Microsoft Online Services were impacted.
According to the company, the configuration issue exposed information in customers’ Offline Address Books, a feature in Exchange that permits Outlook users to access copies of email addresses when users are not connected to Exchange.
Microsoft confirmed the breach in a statement and said the problem, which occurred in its data centres in Europe, North America and Asia, was fixed within two hours of its discovery. The company did not say exactly how long the error existed, but claimed that only a limited number of improper downloads took place.
According to Clint Patterson, Microsoft’s director of BPOS Communications, the issue only affected Business Productivity Online Suite – Standard customers; no other Microsoft Online Services were impacted.
“Our records indicate that a very small number of downloads actually occurred, and we are working with those few customers to remove the files,” he said in a statement. “This issue applied to Offline Address Book information only, and no other information was affected. Offline Address Book contains an organisation’s business contact information for employees. It does not contain Outlook personal contacts, email, documents or other types of information.”