Hackers could read users’ Outlook, Hotmail, and MSN email via compromised Microsoft support account

Microsoft says that it had identified that one of its support agents had had their username and password stolen, which allowed hackers to access information stored within users’ email accounts.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

Smashing Security podcast #014: Protecting webmail

What can you do to better protect your online email accounts?

In this special edition of the “Smashing Security” podcast, regular hosts Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined by special guest Paul Ducklin, share tips on how to better defend your Gmail/Yahoo/Hotmail/Outlook/etc account.

How to hack into an email account, just by knowing your victim’s mobile number

Symantec has issued a warning about a successful scam being perpetrated against users of webmail services such as Gmail, Outlook and Yahoo.

Bad news if you tried to access your Outlook email from China this weekend…

Is privacy important to you? It is to many people and businesses around the world, who like to feel confident that nobody is snooping upon their private communications.

So I hope you weren’t accessing your email account from China this weekend…

Ex-Microsoft worker arrested after passing Windows 8 trade secrets to blogger

A former employee of Microsoft has been accused of stealing trade secrets related to Windows 8 from the company, and passing them to a technology blogger.

Learn more in my article on the Intralinks blog.

Hotmail user swamped with thousands of unwanted emails, after Gmail goes down

If you think you receive a lot of unwanted email each day, spare a thought for Hotmail user David S. Peck of Fresno, California.

He’s the owner of an email account that received thousands of unwanted messages, as Gmail went down for a few hours last week.

Phishing attack against MSN/Hotmail users – a new year, but old tricks still persist

You would like to think that computer users are getting smarter about securing their systems, and not falling for the age-old tricks used by cybercriminals.

However, we still see our fair share of elementary unsophisticated attacks designed to steal credentials from the unwary.

How Hotmail lets down its users security-wise compared to Gmail and Yahoo

Hotmail lets down its over 350 million users when it comes to security, by not giving them an easy way to tell if their account has been accessed by unauthorised third parties.

Microsoft rushes out fix after hackers reset passwords to hack Hotmail accounts

Microsoft says it has fixed a serious vulnerability in Hotmail, that was allowing hackers to reset account passwords, locking out the account’s real owner and giving attackers access to users’ inboxes.

Hotmail phishing: Don’t send us the wrong password or we’ll suspend your account!

Did you receive a message saying that Hotmail’s email servers were congested, and so they were removing all unused accounts?

If so, I hope you responded to the email with a roll of the eyes and a quick stab of the delete button. Because if you didn’t, you might have been at risk of having your login credentials stolen.

Hotmail fights back against hacked email accounts

Hotmail introduces a feature to make it quicker and easier for control of the hacked email accounts to be returned to their rightful owners.

The funniest thing I’ve seen today

Read more in my article at Naked Security.

Nigerian scammers hack into Jack Straw's email account

Read more in my article at Naked Security.

Google Chrome pretends to be Safari to outfox Hotmail

Read more in my article at Naked Security.