Vulnerability Let Hackers Snoop in on Hotmail Accounts

(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – A previously disclosed vulnerability allowed hackers to snoop in on users’ Hotmail accounts.

The glitch was made possible with a Firefox extension known as Tamper Data, said Sophos senior technology consultant Graham Cluley via the company’s Naked Security blog on Friday. With the platform, cyber thieves could intercept data pertaining to password resets on the popular email solution.

“According to some reports, Moroccan hackers were actively taking advantage of the vulnerability and planned to reset the passwords of a list of 13 million Hotmail users in their possession,” commented Cluley.

So what would hackers do with compromised email accounts? Identity theft was the major reason cited in the blog post. However, Hotmail users can now rest easy. The same report from Sophos indicated that Hotmail owner Microsoft had pushed a fix for the problem.

“On Friday we addressed a reset function incident to help protect Hotmail customers, no action needed,” stated Microsoft via its Security Response Twitter account.

Today Hotmail represents one of the most widely used email services along with Gmail and Yahoo. Microsoft is currently busy developing its upcoming Windows 8 operating system which is expected for release sometime in the fall. To view Sopho’s blog post regarding the matter, go here (nakedsecurity.sophos.com).

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