Gmail, Yahoo and AOL dragged into Hotmail hack alert2009-10-06 11:41 by Daniela
Tags: hack, Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail, phishing
The theft of thousands of passwords to online email services is now known to include account details for all major e-mail providers, including Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo and AOL.
Full details of over 10,000 e-mail accounts were published on a specialist website for developers on October 1. As reported, the list was believed to comprise Microsoft Hotmail accounts, but it has since emerged that users of other e-mail services, such as Google’s Gmail, may also have had their passwords stolen.
Microsoft is investigating how a hacker apparently accessed more than 10,000 accounts with addresses ending hotmail.com, msn.com and live.com. The details were posted on a site used by technology experts last week but have since been removed.
A Microsoft spokesman confirmed that the details were obtained as a result of a phishing scam. "We are working diligently to help customers regain control of their accounts," he said.
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