Gmail Security Breach – First Hotmail now Google

First Hotmail, now Google has confirmed that its own email system Gmail has been targeted as part of an “industry-wide phishing scheme”.

It is believed that up to 30,000 accounts have been breached, with passwords and log-in details appearing online.

Google have responded “We recently became aware of an industry-wide phishing scheme through which hackers gained user credentials for web-based mail accounts including Gmail accounts,” said a Google spokesperson.

“As soon as we learned of the attack, we forced password resets on the affected accounts. We will continue to force password resets on additional accounts when we become aware of them.”

The phishing attack is not a direct on attack on specifically Gmail or Hotmail, the attack is however, luring unaware account users into revealing passwords to emails, bank accounts and other sensitive information.

The phishing attack has now been very much recognised by the entire online industry and heavyweight players such as Google and Hotmail are reacting, by safeguard their users’ accounts.

Both spokesman from Microsoft and Google are advising users that fear their accounts have been breached to change all personal log-in details.

Watch this space for further industry feedback and announcements.

    • Les Boucher
    • October 8th, 2009

    I am one of those thousands that have been hit. I can no longer access my Hotmail account as both the password and “secret password” have been changed. I have also discovered that, through this hacking, items have been placed for sale (under my name) on EBAY and I have had to have that account closed as well. According to the Police that I have spoken to, if I had not reported this I could have been held liable for any money made from the sale of goods in my name…in other words I could have been arrested for fraud.
    Trying to contact Hotmail security is a waste of time as they don’t allow contact by phone and I cant send emails with my site hijacked. It appears that their security page is also down which I think has more to do with them hiding from their customers complaints .
    It is no use trying to contact me through my email address as Hotmail ask I stated earlier it has been hijacked and I can’t change the password to gain entry.
    If MSN cant supply security that protects those who patronize them then, need to just shut down and leave email security to those companies who can.

    • r.berringer
    • October 16th, 2009

    I have Hotmail but how will I know if I have been hijacked

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