Hotmail passwords posted online, accounts at risk

by admin October 5, 2009 at 5:40 pm

Users of that hoary old web mail service Hotmail have a new reason to regret their devotion: Over the weekend, thousands of user names and passwords from the service were posted on a data-sharing service called Pastebin, with potentially hundreds of thousands of additional users at risk.

Over 10,000 accounts on Hotmail (still the largest web-based email service in the world) are immediately known to be affected.

That’s actually a very small figure in comparison to the vast number of Hotmail users out there, but the list of hacked accounts (it has since been removed from the Pastebin site) reportedly began with the letter A or B and were listed alphabetically. That might indicate that only a small subset of the total number of hacked accounts were posted online, and that the account information for those beginning with letters C through Z may have been posted elsewhere or is simply being traded privately for now.

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