October 12th, 2009, 19:27 PM
Hacked Web mail accounts used to send spam
There has been a marked increase in the amount of spam e-mails being sent from Yahoo, Gmail, and Hotmail accounts, according to analysts at Websense Security Labs.
Websense said on Thursday that personalized spam e-mails had been sent from the compromised accounts to all of each user's contacts. The e-mails contain links to fake shopping sites, intended to capture sensitive information from the reader.
Last week, Microsoft acknowledged that 30,000 Hotmail accounts had breached, and suggested the passwords for the accounts had been obtained in a phishing scam.
However, some security experts believe that the password breach cannot be attributed to phishing. Amichai Shulman, chief technology officer for security firm Imperva, told ZDNet UK on Friday that the information was likely to have been obtained through key logging.
Full story: c|net
October 15th, 2009, 15:19 PM
Old and Cranky
The "phishing scam" didn't sound very plausible to me either.
October 19th, 2009, 09:55 AM
Hmm... i've received a couple spam emails saying please login into 'this' page (replica of bank/email/your life/etc sites)... so perhaps combination of both?? Really, with 100m botnets around, it could be true!
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