Website security issues have forced Microsoft to take down its Indian web store after hackers were apparently able to compromise the site and access customer data.
The www.microsoftstore.co.in site was unavailable at the time of writing, and just featured a message saying: “Microsoft is working to restore access as quickly as possible.”
The site was removed after hackers belonging to the Evil Shadow Team changed some of the images on site and posted users log in credentials online.
The group claimed it had compromised the store's user database and found details that were stored without encryption.
A Microsoft spokeswoman told Reuters: “The store customers have already been sent guidance on the issue and suggested immediate actions. We are diligently working to remedy the issue and keep our customers protected.”
A hacker, going under the name 7z1, posted a screenshot of the apparent customer data on his blogs.
Previously, a hacker using the same pseudonym attacked the Philippine's Information Agency website, in apparent retaliation for the killing of eight tourist at the sports stadium.
The website is operated on behalf of Microsoft by Indian company Quasar Media.
Both Microsoft and Quasar Media had been approached for comment but had not responded at the time of publication.
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