Microsoft Outlook hacked, says China censorship watcher

Greatfire.org, a website that “brings transparency to the Great Firewall of China”, announced that Microsoft Outlook suffered a man-in-the-middle (MITM) attack in China over the weekend.

Around Saturday, those using email clients like Outlook, and apps on their phone that use SMTP and IMAP email protocols were victims of an MITM attack.

“This attack comes within a month of the complete blocking of Gmail (which is still entirely inaccessible). Because of the similarity between this attack and previous, recent MitM attacks in China (on Google, Yahoo and Apple), we once again suspect that Lu Wei and the Cyberspace Administration of China have orchestrated this attack or have willingly allowed the attack to happen.

“If our accusation is correct, this new attack signals that the Chinese authorities are intent on further cracking down on communication methods that they cannot readily monitor.”

Great firewall

China has been working tirelessly over the past few years to control the Internet within China.  Attacking and blocking foreign Internet services is a common practice, earning the name the ‘great firewall of China’.

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