Over 10,000 Hotmail accounts hackedHotmail users urged to change passwords

06 October 2009


More than 10,000 Hotmail accounts have been hacked and the details posted online, according to a technology blog.

An anonymous user posted the details of Windows Live Hotmail accounts on pastebin.com, a site used by developers to share code, on October 1, according to technology blog neowin.net.

Neowin administrator Tom Warren wrote on the blog: ‘The details have since been removed but Neowin has seen part of the list posted and can confirm the accounts are genuine and most appear to be based in Europe.’

The list details accounts starting from A through to B, suggesting that there could be additional lists, claims Warren.

Currently, only accounts used to access Microsoft’s Windows Live Hotmail login.live.com have been posted; this includes email addresses ending in @hotmail.com, @msn.com and @live.com.

Phishing attack on Hotmail accounts

The blog believes the account details could have been obtained through a hack or phishing scam, in which fake websites are used to trick people into revealing usernames, passwords and other information.

Microsoft, which owns the webmail service, hasn’t yet confirmed the report but says it is investigating the claims.

A Microsoft spokesman said: ‘Microsoft has been made aware of the claims that Windows Live IDs and passwords have been made available on the web. We're actively investigating the situation and will take appropriate steps as rapidly as possible.’

‘Microsoft is committed to protecting the privacy of our customers and believes they deserve to have their personal data used only in ways they have agreed to, and in ways that provide value to them.’

Change your Windows Live Hotmail password

Hotmail users should change their password and security question immediately.

To change your Windows Live Hotmail password login to your account and click Options and then More Options.

Under the heading Account, click Password.

Enter your old password and then a new one into the boxes provided. Click OK.

On the resulting screen, click the Change link next to Question under password reset information.

Enter your password and choose a secret question and answer. Click Save.

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