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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Phishing attempt at many hotmail and live email account

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As per BBC NEWS and Microsoft's site there has been a big phishing attempt on several e mail accounts specially hotmail and live email accounts were compromised so if you have logged in on your hotmail or live account during the last weekend then check out whether your account is safe or not and even if you have not logged in its better to change your password. It's said that the email id and password were posted on a site named http://pastebin.com/ said to be used by developers for code purposes but as per some other sites it's used by many people for sharing such things from last few months.

Phishing :

In the field of computer security, phishing is the criminally fraudulent process of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. Communications purporting to be from popular social web sites, auction sites, online payment processors or IT administrators are commonly used to lure the unsuspecting public. Phishing is typically carried out by e-mail or instant messaging, and it often directs users to enter details at a fake website whose look and feel are almost identical to the legitimate one. Even when using server authentication, it may require tremendous skill to detect that the website is fake. Phishing is an example of social engineering techniques used to fool users, and exploits the poor usability of current web security technologies. Attempts to deal with the growing number of reported phishing incidents include legislation, user training, public awareness, and technical security measures.

A phishing technique was described in detail in 1987, and the first recorded use of the term "phishing" was made in 1996. The term is a variant of fishing, probably influenced by phreaking, and alludes to baits used to "catch" financial information and passwords.

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