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Just this morning, I’ve had to deal with one hacked webmail account, received word of another, and heard from a trusted source that a security-oriented agency held impromptu meetings about webmail passwords today. Not saying that adds up to something big, but there’s a little too much coincidence here for me to dismiss.

The problem in the two cases I know of involve emails being sent out to everyone in the users’ address book. I don’t keep contacts in my webmail address book, so I can’t be directly affected, but I’m changing passwords and looking for and severing connections to old email accounts nonetheless.



  1. Lemontree2004

    10/08/2009 at 10:31 am

    How does one tell if their email account has been hacked?

  2. Josh

    10/08/2009 at 10:34 am

    This happened to my gmail account earlier this year. You can now change your gmail settings to only accept secure connections, which I would recommend anyone using gmail double checks and makes sure it’s turned on.

  3. Sumocat

    10/08/2009 at 11:15 am

    Lemontree2004: Still working on that. Earliest indicator I’ve found is a undeliverable message from two old and invalid email addresses. Interestingly, not all the addresses in the contact list were hit. After that are replies from people who were prevented from opening the link. At least one of those people was determined to not let the block stop her, went to the malware site directly, and had her computer corrupted. I have a feeling we’re going to need to call some people.

  4. Sumocat

    10/08/2009 at 11:28 am

    Update: this particular attack appears to be super new. I did a search for the malware site earlier and came up empty. Now I found it on the McAfee site advisor. Appears to have been added this morning.

  5. DRTigerlilly

    10/08/2009 at 12:07 pm

    Neowin posted about compromised hotmail & subsequently ther providers @ the beginning of the week…was supposed to be related to a phishing scam.

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