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Over 30,000 E-mail Addresses and Passwords Stolen

More than 30,000 e-mail accounts and passwords have been stolen as part of a large-scale phishing scam or scams. Affected accounts include accounts from Gmail, Hotmail, AOL, Comcast and Earthlink, according to BBC News.

Yesterday, a list of 10,000 Hotmail accounts was found online and today, another list of 20,000 e-mail addresses was found. Google has also said that it has found an additional list, so the number of compromised accounts may be even higher. It is not known whether these lists are the product of one large scam or several smaller scams.

The scam or scams used phishing sites that prompt a person to enter his e-mail account information to get full access to the website. These sites often mimic the look an e-mail provider’s webpage, making it important for people to double check that they are at the correct, encrypted webpage and to check the authenticity of the SSL certificate of the page. When users input their information on these sites, instead of being logged into their e-mail accounts, the information goes to the operators of the fake website. These addresses are then compiled into lists and sold on the black market.

Google has said that only 500 of the affected accounts were Gmail accounts and it has forced password resets on those accounts.

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  1. Matilda Mitchell says

    there are so many scams running on the internete so watch out-;”

  2. Aidan Bailey says

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