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German cybersecurity officials looking into ‘culprits’ behind Microsoft outage


Germany is looking into a Microsoft outage that affected users around the world today.

The interior ministry said the country’s cybersecurity office was investigating to identify potential culprits behind the attack.

The company has not revealed how many were affected, but Downdetector.com, which tracks outages, recorded thousands of people reporting problems with Teams, Outlook, Microsoft 365 and XBox Live.

It showed 4,992 incidents had been reported with email platform Outlook in the UK by 8am today – and 2,173 with Teams.

Users in Manchester, London, Birmingham, Norwich, Oxford, Brighton and Cardiff reported problems.

Outage reports for Teams were also identified in other countries, including India, Japan, Australia and the United Arab Emirates.

Many users were unable to exchange messages, join calls or use any features of the Teams application – forcing office workers to communicate in other ways.


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