Microsoft's Outlook email service hacked in China: reports

North Gazette News/New Delhi
Microsoft’s Outlook email service was reportedly hacked in China on Saturday, claimed GreatFire.Org, a China based online censorship watchdog.

As per reports, Microsoft’s Outlook email service and others email clients Mozilla Thunderbird and other phone based apps that are based on SMTP and IMAP email protocols were hacked through ‘Man-In-The-Middle’ (MITM).

GreatFire.Org claimed that MITM attack had hijacked connection to monitor and the hackers can also control communications made by a consumer.

GreatFire.Org reportedly blamed China’s Cyberspace Administration of India (CAC) might have carried out hacking attack on Microsoft’s Outlook email service.

The online censor watchdog said that the attack shows Chinese authorities attempt to further crack down on communication methods that can’t be monitored easily.

It is pertinent to mention here that China has banned Google’s email service Gmail in the country last month that had forced many Chinese users to adopt indigenous email clients.

China reportedly maintains world’s sophisticated censorship mechanism, popularly known as the Great Firewall to suppress voices of dissent against the ruling Communist party in the country.