Microsoft faces jail over user alerts

Microsoft campusSoftware giant Microsoft said that it will notify people if it thinks that accounts have been targeted or compromised by spooks working for nation states.

That could mean its executives could find themselves in clink in the UK, because a bill passing through parliament here specifically criminalises people that work for tech companies doing that, as we reported here yesterday.

Microsoft’s Scott Charney, a corporate vice president, said in a blog entry that it already tells people if their accounts have been compromised.

“We’re taking this additional step of specifically letting you know if we have evidence that the attacker may be ‘state sponsored’ because it is likely that the attack could be more sophisticated or more sustained than attacks from cybercriminals and others,” Charney t wrote.

Microsoft said it won’t provide detailed information about the attackers or their methods.