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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 (SCSI Configured AutoMatically) A subset of Plug and Play that allows SCSI IDs to be changed by software rather than by flipping switches or changing jumpers. Both the SCSI host adapter and peripheral must support SCAM. See SCSI. .

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 A family of free desktop and Web-based applications from Microsoft, most of which can be accessed from a personal home page as well as a Windows Live browser toolbar. Launched in late 2005, Microsoft integrated and rebranded its Hotmail and MSN and Windows instant messaging as "Windows  and MSN (1) (MicroSoft Network) A family of Internet-based services from Microsoft, which includes a search engine, e-mail (Hotmail), instant messaging (Windows Live Messaging) and a general-purpose portal with news, information and shopping (MSN Directory).  web-based email Web-based email or webmail is a term referring to an e-mail service intended to be primarily accessed via a web browser, as opposed to through an application such as Microsoft Outlook or Outlook Express, Mozilla's Thunderbird or Apple's Mail.  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 anti-virus software nAntivirensoftware f  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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