47k Hotmail, MSN credentials found

Powered by SC Magazine
 

Server taken down.

A user of the social news website Reddit recently discovered more than 47,000 stolen credentials for Hotmail.com and MSN.com.

An individual with the handle “Roddds” found the credentials on Friday after investigating a phishing message they received.

“Earlier today, I received one of those run-of-the-mill phishing emails,” Roddds wrote in a Reddit post on Friday. “I opened the URL that the email wanted me to open, but leaving out the .php file in the end.”

The user was directed to a server, which among other files, hosted a text file containing 47,130 email and password pairs for Hotmail and MSN. They then wrote a script to test whether the accounts were valid. After running the script for two hours, 85 percent of the credentials turned out to be accurate. 

Roddds notified Microsoft, which owns MSN and Hotmail, about the issue. The server hosting the file was subsequently taken down.

“Guys at Microsoft were extremely nice, and it also felt like I had actually done something,” Roddds wrote.

Upon being notified of the issue, Microsoft immediately marked all affected accounts as compromised and has contacted all account owners to help them regain access, a company spokesperson in a statement Tuesday.

This article originally appeared at scmagazineus.com

Copyright © SC Magazine, US edition


 
 
 
Top Stories
Microsoft confirms Australian Azure launch
Available from next week.
 
NBN Co names first 140 FTTN sites
National trial extended.
 
Cloud, big data propel bank CISOs into the boardroom
And this time, they are welcome.
 
 
Sign up to receive iTnews email bulletins
   FOLLOW US...
Latest Comments
Polls
In which area is your IT shop hiring the most staff?




   |   View results
IT security and risk
  25%
 
Sourcing and strategy
  13%
 
IT infrastructure (servers, storage, networking)
  22%
 
End user computing (desktops, mobiles, apps)
  14%
 
Software development
  27%
TOTAL VOTES: 262

Vote
Would your InfoSec team be prepared to share threat data with the Australian Government?

   |   View results
Yes
  62%
 
No
  38%
TOTAL VOTES: 82

Vote