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An Indian-origin Computer Science Student Charged with Cyber-Attacks in US

An Indian-origin computer science student of 26-year-old has been charged with initiating a number of cyber-attacks on a chat site in the US

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Washington, December 14, 2016: An Indian-origin computer science student of 26-year-old has been charged with initiating a number of cyber-attacks on a chat site in the US.

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United States Attorney Brian J Stretch and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agent in Charge John F Bennett said, “Sean Krishanmakoto Sharma has been indicted for transmitting a programme, information, code, or command causing damage to a protected computer.”

The indictment accuses the computer science student of initiating a number of attacks on a local provider of online chat services.

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According to the indictment, “Between November 6, 2014 and January 20, 2015, Sharma, used a “distributed denial of service (DDoS) tool to compromise the computers of a San Francisco-based company that provides online chat services to third party web sites.”

On December 9, Sharma was arrested. US Attorney’s Office, Northern District of California said in a statement that he was released on a USD 100,000 bond.

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Sharma will face a sentence of ten years in prison, maximum and three years of supervised release, and/or a fine, if he is convicted.

prepared by NewsGram team with PTI inputs

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Microsoft Make Webmail Users Alert Over Possible Cyber Attacks: Report

Microsoft has offered contact information for its data protection officer to help possible hacking victims to better protect their email accounts

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Microsoft has alerted some of its webmail users of possible hacker attacks that could access their email accounts illegally, media reports said.

In an email notification to some affected users on Saturday, Microsoft said it became aware of an issue involving unauthorised access to some customers’ web-based email accounts by cybercriminals.

“We have identified that a Microsoft support agent’s credentials were compromised, enabling individuals outside Microsoft to access information within your Microsoft email account” between Jan. 1 and March 28,” Xinhua quoted Microsoft as saying in the email.

The unauthorised access could have allowed unauthorized parties to view or access information of Microsoft email user accounts, such as email address, folder names, and the subject lines of emails, it said.

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However, the software giant said the content of attached documents to emails would not be read or viewed, and it did not specify how many users of its Outlook.com mail service were affected.

“Microsoft regrets any inconvenience caused by this issue,” said the company, recommending that affected users reset their login passwords.

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The company assured its users that it has immediately disabled the compromised credentials to prevent their use for any further unauthorised access.

Microsoft has offered contact information for its data protection officer to help possible hacking victims to better protect their email accounts. (IANS)