Microsofttakes security very seriously.
The Microsoft Azureplatform allows subscribers to use their own cloud applications and services by leveraging a wide range of security-focused tools and features.
Subscription to the platform takes place through a cloud service provider (CSP), which provides cloud-based storage, application, infrastructure or platform services.
Among the tasks of a provider is the management of security procedures, which consists of protecting data, managing the identities that access it, protecting equipment from malfunctions and much more.
With regard to this aspect, Microsoft has noticed a suspicious increase in spamming, in the last period, among customers subscribing to the Azureplatform.
Spamming is the indiscriminate sending, without the recipient’s consent, of e-mail messages: it is therefore an activity that risks damaging the functioning of the service and that violates the conditions for the use of Microsoft Azureservices.
Behaviors deemed harmful
Spamming isn’t the only violation of Microsoft’s acceptable use policy, it’s also considered malicious behavior:
- Piracy and resale of pirated subscriptions.
- Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, the sending of large amounts of data from different sources to a target to prevent access.
- Mining of cryptocurrencies.
- Distribution of malware, malicious software used to damage networks and devices.
In cases where the algorithms detect these activities, Microsoft can deactivate customer subscriptions without any kind of notice!
Cloud Service Providers can also detect anomalous behavior among their customers and can intervene both in person, informing the customer that he is violating the established conditions and that his subscription will be deactivated by Microsoft, or by informing Microsoft that it will do so later.
In the event that Microsoft directly deactivates the customer’s subscription, its Cloud Service Provider will have to take care of repeating the message to the person concerned.
Very often it happens that, when opening an account, the Terms and Conditions of Useare not read thoroughly, but their acceptance and compliance is essential for use.
Customers who see their subscription canceled will no longer be able to access it as they immediately lose access to Microsoft resources, but will be able to fill out the unlock request form.