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'Phishing' blamed for Hotmail password thefts.

Byline: Microsoft says 10,000 Hotmail accounts have been tricked out of their email addresses and passwords.

Summary: Microsoft says 10,000 Hotmail accounts have been tricked out of their email addresses and passwords.

Microsoft says 10,000 Hotmail accounts have been targeted in an online scam.

The technology giant said none of its servers was responsible for the security breach and individuals were conned into handing over their details.

Officials blocked access to all of the accounts listed, including Hotmail, Windows Live and MSN web-based email accounts.

Users who lost use of their email were being directed to an online registration form to reclaim access.

Phishing attacks are becoming increasingly common online. Hackers and cybercriminals try to trick people into handing over personal email addresses and passwords.

Internet users are urged to change their passwords regularly and ensure anti-virus software is up to date to protect themselves from fraudsters.

News of the scam broke on Monday when technology blog neowin.net reported an anonymous user had published confidential details on pastebin.com.

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