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#1 +Frank B.

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 14:48

Hotmail accounts 'posted online'

Thousands of hotmail passwords have been hacked and posted online, according to reports.

Microsoft, which owns the popular web-based email system, told BBC News that it was aware of the claims and that it was "investigating the situation".

A report on technology blog neowin.net said that the details of "over 10,000" accounts had been posted to a website.

The blog suggested the accounts had been hacked or had been collected as part of a phishing scheme.

Phishing involves using fake websites to lure people into revealing personal details such as bank accounts or login names and passwords.

'Rapid response'

Neowin claims the details were posted on 01 October to pastebin.com, a website commonly used by developers to share code.

Although the details have since been removed, the website said it had seen part of the list.

"[We] can confirm the accounts are genuine and most appear to be based in Europe," Tom Warren, a neowin blogger, wrote on the site.

He said that the list included details of Microsoft's Windows Live Hotmail accounts with email addresses ending hotmail.com, msn.com and live.com.

Microsoft said it had "been made aware of the claims that Windows Live IDs and passwords have been made available on the web".

"We're actively investigating the situation and will take appropriate steps as rapidly as possible," a spokesperson said.

Neowin said that it recommended Windows Live Hotmail users to change their "password and security question immediately".

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The BBC fixed the typo in the meantime. Pity they didn't linkify the URL while they were at it.

Edited by Mephistopheles, 05 October 2009 - 15:12.



#2 Sophism

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 14:53

newowin.net


lol...

Although to give them credit it is fixed now.

#3 The_Decryptor

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 14:56

newowin.net seems to be more focused on Adventure Tours, Books, Broadband and Business Education to me.

#4 jonhapimp

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 15:09

oh snap i got an hotmail account :(
neowin ftw

#5 JesusHChrist

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 15:14

LOL @ "technology blog"

Cracks me up......

#6 leesmithg

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 15:15

The B.B.C. are the ''bloated broadcasting corporation'', so, maybe thats why they bloated the neowin name.

#7 Lee G.

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 15:15

Good news :)

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 15:20

So I take it the accounts have not been hacked directly from MS' servers? These are all resultant from successfully 'phished' accounts from a dodgy clone website of the official Microsoft site?

#9 The_Wizard

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 15:32

So I take it the accounts have not been hacked directly from MS' servers? These are all resultant from successfully 'phished' accounts from a dodgy clone website of the official Microsoft site?


It looks like it from the article... It must have been a pretty big operation to get 10,000 though

#10 vetThat Guy

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 15:33

A big (Y) to Tom Warren for this one.

#11 jelli

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 15:33

Nice, good work!

#12 sundayx

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 15:41

I love Newowin.net.

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 15:44

That's a pretty epic mention.

#14 Remote Sojourner

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 16:04

Hotmail accounts 'posted online'
The BBC fixed the typo in the meantime. Pity they didn't linkify the URL while they were at it.


BBC Always links the external sites in the sidebar.

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#15 vetSrugie

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 16:33

Congrats! :pint: