Yesterday’s news is only for Hotmail users.. and now read it for Yahoomail and Gmail..
NEW DELHI: Just as the latest phishing attack on Hotmail accounts came to light where details of more than 10,000 accounts were exposed on a web site, more service providers have been reported to be under attack.
According to a BBC report, e-mail addresses and passwords from other prominent email providers including Yahoo, AOL and Gmail were published on the same website which published the login details of 10,000 Hotmail accounts.
The report says that BBC News has seen a list of more than 20,000 such names and passwords that have been posted online. A few accounts from the list appear to be old, unused or fake. However, many including Gmail and Hotmail addresses are genuine, says the report.
However, so far only Microsoft Corp has confirmed that passwords belonging to a number of users of its Hotmail email service were exposed on an Internet site. The list has since been removed. The company did not say how many users were affected, but reports had suggested that passwords to more than 10,000 accounts were exposed.
"We are aware that some Windows Live Hotmail customers' credentials were acquired illegally by a phishing scheme and exposed on a website," a Microsoft spokesman said.
Phishing is a scam whereby fraudsters get hold of personal information by sending out emails under the guise of a bank, IT department or some other trustworthy source.
Microsoft said the passwords had been removed from the offending website, which it did not identify, and said it had blocked access to all affected accounts and was helping users to reclaim their Hotmail accounts.
The software company said the exposure of the passwords was not a breach of any Microsoft servers.