Man In Burton Has Hackers Compromise His Account
Tony Mulcahy a man in the Burton county of U.K, who is an advice specialist on personal injuries, is upset and angry ever since hackers compromised his e-mail account on Hotmail.
Actually a warning message arrived in Mulcahy's inbox telling him that he must make his account details up-to-date otherwise he would find the account terminated in 2 weeks. The reason, according to the e-mail, was that his account had been lying idle for sometime. It therefore directed Mulcahy to dispatch certain personal information like name, birth date, password for accessing Hotmail admins and e-mail address.
Describing the scam e-mail, Mulcahy stated that it appeared so real as well as contained the authorized logos of Hotmail that not even once did he doubt it to be a scam. As a result, he thought it wise to send the details since he wanted to retain his account rather than lose it, he narrated. Burtonmail.co.uk published this on August 11, 2010.
Furthermore according to Mulcahy, soon after the arrival of the scam e-mail, he got phone calls from many solicitors saying they received an e-mail, which told them he was on a business tour in South Africa when his wallet went missing so he urgently required 2,500 pounds. Mulcahy said that he wasn't sure as to who all got that e-mail, but presumed they were everyone on his address list.
Worryingly, according to the security specialists, scam e-mails such as the one which reached Mulcahy posing as a message from Hotmail continue to abound. Thus they keep telling gullible people to not answer e-mails which merely look as messages from Hotmail. They also tell e-mail users to send such e-mails into their spam folders before deleting them completely.
In conclusion, the specialists recommend that even though a kind of breach that happened with Mulcahy doesn't at all take place, still netizens should reset their password after each 3-month interval. This time gap is sufficient to foil fraudsters' ability towards cracking a password. Moreover, users mustn't apply a common password for two or more websites. These are advices they must surely follow, the specialists stress.
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