Microsoft has issued a statement and stated that over 44 million users have been using usernames and passwords that have been observed to be leaked through the security breaches. These vulnerable accounts were discovered when Microsoft’s threat research team had conducted a scan of all the Microsoft accounts and their information between January and March 2019.
These credentials were compared with the database of leaked credentials. The matched credentials reached a whopping 44 million! Microsoft has now been forcing a password reset to the accounts that are using the compromised and leaked credentials. These accounts include both regular and enterprise accounts.
Microsoft has went on to explain that “For the leaked credentials for which we found a match, we force a password reset. No additional action is required on the consumer side … On the enterprise side, Microsoft will elevate the user risk and alert the administrator so that a credential reset can be enforced.”
Microsoft claims that the credentials are leaked because of the people’s habit of reusing multiple passwords. The company recommends opting for some sort of strong protection mechanism. Microsoft suggests MFA or Multi-Factor Authentication. It can improve the security levels further. In fact, it has been shown that more than 99.9 percent of the identity attacks can be handled effectively by MFA.
People normally choose a difficult password because remembering the passwords is a huge challenge. In such scenarios, it would be a good idea to check out a good password manager. While Microsoft has forced a password reset, it can not assure that the new password would not be among another leaked passwords. We would indeed suggest opting for a powerful and really complex password to safeguard your account.
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