Thursday, December 14th 2006

Hotmail account held for ransom

Earlier this week, one Hotmail user logged into their account to find that all of their emails had been removed by hackers, with the only email remaining demanding money in return for the deleted emails. According to Websense, this is a variant of “ransomware” which holds your files using methods such as encryption and demands money in return for the password. The cause of this is believed to be a computer in a Spanish Internet Cafe which was infected with spyware, therefore Hotmail users needn’t worry too much at present. Hopefully MSN should be able to restore the missing emails and this should be an isolated incident, although it could be a sign of the future.Source: Neowin.net
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8 Comments on Hotmail account held for ransom

#1
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
This reason is specifically why I don't use public computers for ANYTHING that requires me to log in.
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EastCoasthandle
Being in a hotel from a week to month (on business or other reasons) its very tempting to get online using their free computers.
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#3
DR.Death
if u do juse use a ip and so it that way
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#4
jocksteeluk
it is surprising what people do look at on free comuters a friend of mine even looks at his online bank account via free computers which is extremly silly to say the least.
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#5
niko084
Pwnt Hotmail Blows Roflcopters
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overcast
by: EastCoasthandle
Being in a hotel from a week to month (on business or other reasons) its very tempting to get online using their free computers.
If you're spending a week to a month regularly in hotels on business, I think it's time to get a laptop.
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niko084
by: overcast
If you're spending a week to a month regularly in hotels on business, I think it's time to get a laptop.
You know thats the truth.. At that rate I would be packing my desktop!
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#8
Pinchy
lol, hotmail account held up for ransom :p
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