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Another day, another breach in data security

According to blog reports, and reported on BBC online, thousands of hotmail account passwords have obtains as part of a phishing scam and posted on a website.

One tech blog estimates that as many as 10,000 email accounts have been compromised by publishing their passwords. Most of these accounts belong to people in Europe.

Microsoft told BBC News that it was aware of the claims and that it was "investigating the situation".

Oh well.


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A Finextra member
A Finextra member 06 October, 2009, 13:35Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

It's a shame that a few seek to spoil it for so many.

The latest is that other accounts have been compromised as well, not just Hotmail.

An article in the Telegraph says the following:

"Neowin's Tom Warren said that more lists containing genuine account information were circulating online, and that more than 20,000 accounts have been compromised.

"Non-Hotmail passport accounts have been affected too," he said. "A new list contains email accounts for Gmail, Comcast, Earthlink and other third-party popular web mail services. It's not clear if this is login information for the service itself or the Microsoft Passport passwords."

Elizabeth Lumley
Elizabeth Lumley - Girl, Disrupted - Crayford 06 October, 2009, 14:08Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

However, that article also says that the passwords were obtained by account holders being 'tricked' into handing over their log-ins and passwords. It was not a case of a hacker breaking through Microsoft security (an oxymoron, surely Ed.)

Must remember, keep your usernames close and your passwords closer.

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