Phishing Attacks Plague Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo & More

by admin October 7, 2009 at 4:34 pm

A phishing attack is targeting thousands of web-based email users, according to the BBC and Read Write Web. Tens of thousands of users of each site have already been victimized, with the usernames and passwords available on lists.

The scam to entice the users to offer up their private passwords, phishers imitate legitimate sites and ask for login information. The reports didn’t indicate what site the phishers were imitating.

This comes hot on the heels of Gmail dabbling with showing favicons from a few trusted senders. Maybe they should start considering.

The first list of 10,000 usernames covered users of Hotmail sites, AOL, Gmail, Yahoo, Earthlink and Comcast email services. But only usernames starting with A and B were included—meaning that there could be hundreds of thousands of other victims.

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