Phishing Attack Exposes Thousands of Hotmail Accounts

October 6, 2009

(ChattahBox)— You may want to check your Hotmail account to ensure it’s still functioning. And if it is operable, change your password right away says, Microsoft. The computer giant announced on Monday that thousands of Hotmail email accounts had been breached by a phishing scheme, with the hacker publishing the passwords and account names on a third-party website.

Microsoft discovered the breach over the weekend and blocked the affected accounts. Customers can contact Windows Live Hotmail to regain access to their email accounts.

After an investigation, Microsoft determined that internal Microsoft data was not compromised and that the breach was likely due to a phishing scheme. “Upon learning of the issue, we immediately requested that the credentials be removed and launched an investigation to determine the impact to customers,” said Microsoft in a statement.

Microsoft cautioned that personal account information contained in email communications with banks and other financial institutions could be at risk if customers’ accounts were breached by the phishing attack.

The company advises Hotmail customers to change their account passwords every 90 days and be wary of opening unknown attachments and links to prevent becoming victims of a cyber criminal.

“Phishing is an industry-wide problem and Microsoft is committed to helping consumers have a safe, secure and positive online experience,” the company said in its statement.

“Our guidance to customers is to exercise extreme caution when opening unsolicited attachments and links from both known and unknown sources, and that they install and regularly update their anti-virus software,” said Microsoft.



2 Responses to “Phishing Attack Exposes Thousands of Hotmail Accounts”

  1. Constant Gina on October 6th, 2009 11:22 am

    damn…thats why I stick with G G G Mail…

  2. Chris Brown on October 6th, 2009 12:42 pm

    I think its so messed up how people spend time sabotage large websites its not cool I can’t stand people who that I had a bad experience when someone got my password to my email account they found my checking information the whole deal it was a nightmare that was not called for.. .

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