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Tuesday, October 06, 2009

TweetThis! Thousands of Hotmail users hacked (BBC Technology news report)

BBC News has seen a list of more than 10,000 e-mail accounts, predominantly originating from Europe, and passwords which were posted online. Microsoft said it had launched an investigation. BBC News has confirmed that the accounts are genuine and predominantly originate in Europe. The list included details of Microsoft's Windows Live Hotmail accounts with email addresses ending hotmail.com, msn.com and live.com.

Phishing involves using fake websites to lure people into revealing details such as bank accounts or login names. "We are aware that some Windows Live Hotmail customers' credentials were acquired illegally and exposed on a website," said a Microsoft spokesperson. "Upon learning of the issue, we immediately requested that the credentials be removed and launched an investigation to determine the impact to customers."

Technology blog neowin.net was the first to publish details of the attack. It said the accounts were posted on 1 October to pastebin.com, a website commonly used by developers to share code. Although the details have since been removed, BBC News and Neowin has seen a list of 10,028 names beginning with the letters A and B.

Quick change

Mr Cluley advised Hotmail users to change their password as soon as possible. "I'd also recommend that people change the password on any other site where they use it," he said.
Published, courtesy of the BBC website at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8291268.stm

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2 feedback :

Technorotic said... Tue Oct 06, 04:35:00 AM MST  

The Hotmail security breach is an embarrassing blow to U.S. technology giant Microsoft.

Subi said... Tue Oct 06, 07:58:00 AM MST  

Technorotic, I am afraid other big companies also suffered the attack, not amounts to at least a total of 30,000 accounts compromised.

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