Passwords of Thousands of Hotmail Accounts Leaked Online!

Windows Live Hotmail LogoMicrosoft had a bad weekend as around 20,000 hotmail accounts were hacked and their passwords were posted on October 1 by an anonymous user on pastebin, a website used by programmers to share code snippets. The page was removed soon after (even the cached page by Google).

How were the accounts hacked?

The most probable reason for the accounts getting hacked is phishing. Wikipedia defines phishing as:

In the field of computer security, phishing is the criminally fraudulent process of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as user-names, passwords and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.

I feel my account is hacked, what should I do?

You should also take the following safety precautions so that you account doesn’t get hacked in the future:

Related: 5 Simple Rules To Fight Against Phishing | Can you spot “Phishing” attack? Simple test to check your safety!

(Source: Windows Live Blog & Neowin)

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