Microsoft says hackers who gained access to Skype’s social media accounts Wednesday did not get Skype users’ information.
A group called the Syrian Electronic Army claimed credit for the attacks, posting messages such as “You can thank Microsoft for monitoring your accounts/emails using this details. #SEA,” on the official Skype Twitter account, and “Don’t use Microsoft emails (hotmail, outlook), They are monitoring your accounts and selling the data to the governments. More details soon. #SEA,” on the official Skype blog, according to Reuters.
The messages were in reference to whistle-blower Edward Snowden’s revelations that the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs involved Microsoft’s and other high-tech companies’ services.
Microsoft and the other tech companies have pushed the government to allow them to be more transparent about the national surveillance orders they receive, and for the government to limit its surveillance.
Microsoft issued a statement today on the hacking, saying: “We recently became aware of a targeted cyber-attack that led to access to Skype’s social media properties, but these credentials were quickly reset. No user information was compromised.”