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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

'Chinese hackers' shut down Microsoft India store

Microsoft India's retail website was down on Monday after an apparent hack, with a purportedly Chinese group called Evil Shadow Team posting doctored screenshots that seemed to be of partially obscured customers' usernames and passwords.

The Microsoft Store India ( website showed an error message promising to restore access as quickly as possible.

The hackers obscured the full usernames and passwords in the screen shots posted on a blog run by Evil Shadow Team member 7z1 ( Writing in Mandarin, 7z1 describes himself as a 'patriotic hacker'.

The Indian edition of Microsoft Store is operated by local company Quasar Media. A spokesman said the company was investigating.

'I am not sure when the site will be up again or what happened,' spokesman Rahul Roy said.

A spokesman at Microsoft India said he was unable to immediately comment.

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