Wait, Microsoft is actually siding with the common user!
In the latest turn of events, Microsoft stated on Wednesday that it will begin to warn users of its Outlook.com email service if the software company suspects that the government is attempting to spy on users by hacking into their accounts. Looks like tech companies have finally stopped helping out the government and in the process, grown a big heart in helping out the common individuals, because it was revealed a while back that companies were actually aiding the U.S. government to help spy on users.
However, Microsoft is not the first tech giant to have a change of heart. Google was the first tech firm to adopt this practice, followed by social networking giant Facebook, then Twitter, followed by Yahoo. For the past two years, Microsoft has offered alerts about potential security breaches without specifying the likely suspect and in a statement, the software giant has said the following:
“As the threat landscape has evolved our approach has too, and we’ll now go beyond notification and guidance to specify if we reasonably believe the attacker is ‘state-sponsored’.”
At this point, Microsoft has declined to say what kind of role if any, the Hotmail hacking campaign played in its policy change, but it is good to see that companies are refusing to work with the government to allow them to snoop in on the privacy of unsuspecting account users. Right now, the company has not stated on how it will alert users; telling them that the government is attempting to spy on them, but it looks like we will be receiving some form of notifications through our emails.
In the process, Microsoft could also be looking to incorporate a stronger firewall to keep hackers at bay but it looks like we will wait for further updates for this story to develop.