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« on: October 06, 2009, 04:02:35 PM »

apparently someone got access to thousands of them, and they're not sure if this is the tip of the iceberg or not.
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« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2009, 04:28:34 PM »

Sounds like it's just a phishing scheme, not a breach of MS databases.  It sucks, but if true it's the result of careless users, not a breach at Microsoft which I'd find more worrying.

For anyone who's worried, post your e-mail address and password so I can see if it's on the list of hacked accounts. slywink
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« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2009, 04:58:41 PM »

Quote from: Windows95 on October 06, 2009, 04:28:34 PM

Sounds like it's just a phishing scheme, not a breach of MS databases.  It sucks, but if true it's the result of careless users, not a breach at Microsoft which I'd find more worrying.

For anyone who's worried, post your e-mail address and password so I can see if it's on the list of hacked accounts. slywink

Well you can try mine... eh.. wait a second, why you little ...  slywink
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« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2009, 04:59:25 PM »

Hooray once again for the media either not understanding or just choosing to disregard actual facts. This was followed up with "Gmail accounts also had their passwords stolen", implying that both Hotmail and Gmail have massive security holes where there are none.

This is merely a case of user stupidity. It has nothing to do with Hotmail or Gmail except that the phishers pretended to be those services. Unless you are stupid, your password is safe.
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« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2009, 05:04:18 PM »

heh, I thought Neowin was one of the respectable sites.
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« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2009, 09:13:24 PM »

an interesting analysis of the passwords that were exposed:

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123456″ was the most commonly used password, appearing 64 times.

Forty-two percent of the passwords used lowercase letters from a to z; only 6 percent mixed alpha-numeric and other characters.
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« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2009, 10:27:25 PM »

Quote from: Moliere on October 06, 2009, 09:13:24 PM

an interesting analysis of the passwords that were exposed:

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123456″ was the most commonly used password, appearing 64 times.

Forty-two percent of the passwords used lowercase letters from a to z; only 6 percent mixed alpha-numeric and other characters.

We use such gems at work as "qwert" all lower case.  And "oakdale" the street our office is on.  However, the hardest one to crack is simply "diamond". I have tried to get these changed but have been told anything else is too hard to remember...
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