#1
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8291268.stm

Thousands of accounts on web-based e-mail system Hotmail have been compromised in a phishing attack, software giant Microsoft has confirmed.

BBC News has seen a list of more than 10,000 e-mail accounts, predominantly originating from Europe, and passwords which were posted online.

Microsoft said it had launched an investigation.

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

"We are aware that some Windows Live Hotmail customers' credentials were acquired illegally and exposed on a website," said a Microsoft spokesperson.

"Upon learning of the issue, we immediately requested that the credentials be removed and launched an investigation to determine the impact to customers."

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Graham Cluley, consultant at security firm Sophos, told BBC News the published list may just be a subset of a longer list of compromised accounts.

"We still don't know the scale of the problem," he told BBC News.

Technology blog neowin.net was the first to publish details of the attack. It said the accounts were posted on 1 October to pastebin.com, a website commonly used by developers to share code.

Although the details have since been removed, BBC News and Neowin has seen a list of 10,028 names beginning with the letters A and B.

BBC News has confirmed that the accounts are genuine and predominantly originate in Europe.

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

Mr Cluley advised Hotmail users to change their password as soon as possible.

"I'd also recommend that people change the password on any other site where they use it," he said.

Around 40% of people use the same password for every website they use, he added.

Hotmail is currently the largest web-based e-mail service.


I hope my account wasn't one of them...
#2
look on 4chan it'll be there
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#4
Lol, I actually downloaded a list of them a couple months ago.

Let me add that it's hilarious how obvious some people's passwords are.
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#5
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I may actually try that.



i hope you didnt store any important information like banking and credit card stuff. because when they hacked the chemistry.com (i think) accounts some poor person had all of there banking info in there email accounts and everything. some dude screen shotted the menu where it had what banks the person had and the account numbers
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#6
Reminds me of the phishing attacks on facebook a little while ago. You wouldn't believe how many of the people I call "friends" lost 30 pounds coloncleansing and proceeded to post it on my wall.


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#7
Quote by Doppelgänger
Lol, I actually downloaded a list of them a couple months ago.

Let me add that it's hilarious how obvious some people's passwords are.

Hey, you're a worthless piece of **** that makes existence for the rest of us slightly less comfortable. If you and everyone like you were to disappear completely, life on planet Earth would increase in quality and no one would miss you.
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i hope you didnt store any important information like banking and credit card stuff. because when they hacked the chemistry.com (i think) accounts some poor person had all of there banking info in there email accounts and everything. some dude screen shotted the menu where it had what banks the person had and the account numbers


No, I didn't have anything important. So actually it probably wasn't one of them as it had nothing valuable.

Unless this is really a grand scheme to gain access to my UG account.

Those bastards.
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You wouldn't believe how many of the people I call "friends" lost 30 pounds coloncleansing and proceeded to post it on my wall.


Retards.


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#12
from reading it, it sounds like it was just a mass spam email sent to hotmail accounts, and anyone dumb enough to click a link in a unknown email got their password snatched. so unless ur a moron, ur account is probably safe.
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#13
Is there anyway to find out if it's OK or not? I haven't been on mine in months and I'm not going to unless it's the only way.

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#14
Yahoo FTW.

I hope my brother's account wasn't leaked as well.
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#15
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look on 4chan it'll be there

ugh 4chan.. last time I was on it, I clicked a link (I'm an idiot I know)

And it was like "You have searched child porn, we have logged your IP address along with the date and time."

4chan is filled with nothing but pricks.
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Hey, you're a worthless piece of **** that makes existence for the rest of us slightly less comfortable. If you and everyone like you were to disappear completely, life on planet Earth would increase in quality and no one would miss you.

Thanks. I'll keep your input in mind.
#18
I think that my account was a part of that, a couple months ago I apparently sent a message to everyone on my contact list. It was some spam ****, my dad said it had a virus. So I ran a virus check and thought I was good to go.
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ugh 4chan.. last time I was on it, I clicked a link (I'm an idiot I know)

And it was like "You have searched child porn, we have logged your IP address along with the date and time."

4chan is filled with nothing but pricks.

yea watch out for what you click there especially the nimps
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#21
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Only affects names starting with A & B. A good hunk of you are safe.

Lucky my name starts with C.