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Microsoft India retail website down after hacking

Reuters  |  New Delhi 

Microsoft India's retail website was down on Monday after an apparent hack, with a purportedly Chinese group called 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 obscured the full usernames and passwords in the screen shots posted on a blog run by 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 said he was unable to immediately comment.

First Published: Mon, February 13 2012. 00:00 IST