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floppywhopper 02-03-2013 03:07 AM

E-mail accounts cracked
 
my son's e-mail account was cracked
am following this discussion here
http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum....cfm?t=2051518

it seems that password strength is not the issue
http://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/0...-fix-old-flaw/

so heads up everyone
and check your account activity

unSpawn 02-03-2013 07:37 AM

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Originally Posted by floppywhopper (Post 4883461)
my son's e-mail account was cracked

Sorry to hear that.

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Originally Posted by floppywhopper (Post 4883461)
it seems that password strength is not the issue

Indeed. Like the page says: "Users with a Yahoo account should make a point not to click on any suspicious links they receive by email or from anywhere else. In fact, that goes for all users; donít click on random links, even if you get them from a friend.".

273 02-03-2013 07:48 AM

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Originally Posted by unSpawn (Post 4883555)
Indeed. Like the page says: "Users with a Yahoo account should make a point not to click on any suspicious links they receive by email or from anywhere else. In fact, that goes for all users; donít click on random links, even if you get them from a friend.".

This always bears repeating. My brother recently had his Google mail hacked by having him click on what looked like a pretty well targeted link and it was only his bank manager's assistant noticing a strange email from him that alerted him to it.
Mind you this is one reason I don't like webmail -- having separate email and web application means you have some separation of privilege and don't have to leave a webmail account logged in and able to be scripted by a malicious link.

k3lt01 02-03-2013 01:05 PM

My sisters yahoo email and also a a friends yahoo email has sent me spam in the last 2 days. My old yahoo did it last year and sent spam to everyone in my contacts list which, unfortunately, included every member of the Australian Federal Parliament. I don't know how I got it, I don't open links in emails that are not trustworthy and even then I google them but the one my email sent out added a strange contact to my list and that was where the spams were coming from and being sent by and that is how it propogated itself even further.


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