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News Thousands of Hotmail accounts leaked

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by CardJoe, 6 Oct 2009.

  1. CardJoe

    CardJoe Freelance Journalist

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  2. Orothe

    Orothe New Member

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    As long as you type in the "www.hotmail.com" aren't you safe? Guess I never understood how phishing scams worked. Always thought it was sites that were CLOSE in name that looked exactly like the correct site. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong though..

    And here I loved hotmail because of the awesome filter they had. (Since my Yahoo has been hacked twice and has over 500 spam messages, and I never used it.)
     
  3. yuusou

    yuusou Well-Known Member

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    GMail all the way <3!! Or install your own e-mail server at home!
     
  4. shigllgetcha

    shigllgetcha Come at me bro

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    i dont want someone else looking at all my spam
     
  5. Arkanrais

    Arkanrais New Member

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    the only time I've had someone get into my hotmail without my permission, I changed my password within 3 minutes and didn't see any more fishy crap going on (had them signing into my MSN too).

    if it's only thousands of accounts leaked, then I'd think it is from phishing scams and not a data breach.

    oh, and yeah. yahoo is crap at spam filtering. when I first started an email account with them,I had many african princes,m princesses, beneficiaries and investors wanting to send me money despite not having given my email & details to any site (they all knew my supposed name).
     
  6. Trefarm

    Trefarm No matter what... It's all good

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    I reckon that there's more to this... I would be surprised if someone ran a phishing scam only to give the data away, plus it's a strange site to up the data on. My bets a hack.
     
  7. Orothe

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    Well I suppose if it was a hack, they either didn't get very far, or they weren't being serious. They didn't corrupt hotmail, and what can you obtain by stealing e-mail accounts? I doubt anybody's stupid enough to save their bank account credentials and such. If they do, they deserve to be hacked. Seems like all they could do was hack the list of accounts and copied them. The worst damage you could do is share all those accounts with known sites to cause spam, which hotmail has a good spam filter, so that seems pointless too..

    Iunno.. Either there's more to it, or it's completely stupid. I'm not worried about it, and I've got nothing they can obtain by stealing my hotmail... Not to mention it's not hard to make a new e-mail..

    Still gotta look up Phishing Scams after this. I'm pretty sure it's a site that has a similar name but looks exactly like the original. In that case, it'd only affect those that typed it in wrong to begin with.. If I'm wrong, feel free to correct me.
     
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    for my important mail I doubt i'll use a "free" webmail service..
     
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    TBH hotmail, gmail and yahoo all have terrible spam filtering. Haven't used yahoo in a while tho but my GF gets 100's through a day. My gmail gets the most spam overall too. It gets about 1000 a week while my hotmail only get a few hundred a week. only 1 outta 5 are actually successfully filtered tho. I would love to set up my own web server. Definatly something im gonna look into to put on my CV with my placement comming up next year.
     
  12. BradShort

    BradShort Familyman - Fraggin when allowed :P

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    Only a matter of time until a really big breach occurs. It almost inevitable. Really complex passwords are pointless as phishing and data breaches renders them useless
     
  13. Sir Digby

    Sir Digby The Supprising Adventures

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    Aaand password is changed, even I'm certain I've not fallen for any phishing websites.

    I never seem to get too much spam on hotmail, certainly <100 a week and all but one every week or two gets correctly filtered into spam.
     
  14. Arnaud31

    Arnaud31 Bit Tech Noob

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    My Msn hotmail hacked so several time that i turn off definitively !!! Just used Free webmail now ...:rolleyes:
     
  15. Jewels

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    With Hotmail, Yahoo, AOL, GMail, Comcast and Earthlink accounts being compromised, it's definitely a result of phishing.
     
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    it used to be really bad in the 90's.. I mean so bad it was a total joke to hack hotmail accounts- you just had to have the person logged in checking thier email, you could craft the url and access the account.. you could even brute force if they weren't on- there was no limit to the number of attempts XD then if they were on icq (which was the messenger to have at the time) you could see their ip when they were on- add them without their permission

    oh those were the days.. and with the oob exploit you could crash their computer to blue screen on windows 95.. take over their icq account which was also unlimited in attempts- simple dictionary attack and throw in a name list.. those days were ruthless

    hotmail used to be the worst ever.. I bet they still hold large botnets with trolls nowdays- too many people out there who have no clue.. just a porn box
     
  17. RichCreedy

    RichCreedy Hey What Who

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    you only need to change your password if you replied to the email asking for the details.

    it was a phishing scam, an email was sent saying you would lose your account if you didnt provide relevent details

    name
    password
    alternate email address
    security questions

    etc

    gmail, hotmail, yahoo, aol all affected
     
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  18. xprodancer

    xprodancer life is like a box of chocolates

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    the thing is with hotmail is that all spam and phishing emails go into your junk folder! all i have ever done and always will do is empty it
    without opening a single email! your protected!
     
  19. Orothe

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    Exactly, I have always loved hotmail and the awesome filtering they do. And I share it, every time I register for a game or for a forum, I give my exact e-mail address. True I get about 5-10 junk mails a week but it's IN the junk folder, no harm done.

    As for anybody getting an e-mail asking for name, password, ect.. That's just plain stupid. If they had the power to destroy your account, they'd certainly be able to access what your password was.

    Seriously.. Common Sense.. Where in the hell are people losing theirs? =.=
     
  20. xprodancer

    xprodancer life is like a box of chocolates

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    AMEN :thumb:
     
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