Gmail, Yahoo, Others Also Hit in Hotmail Attack

The BBC today reports that it has received confirmation from Google that Gmail was also targeted in what the search giant described as an "industry-wide phishing scam."

"We recently became aware of an industry-wide phishing scheme through which hackers gained user credentials for web-based mail accounts including Gmail accounts," a Google spokesperson told the Beeb. "As soon as we learned of the attack, we forced password resets on the affected accounts. We will continue to force password resets on additional accounts when we become aware of them."

Google went on to say that the scam was not a breach of Gmail security but "a scam to get users to give away their personal information to hackers."

The news comes following a previous report in which the BBC claimed to have seen a list of 20,000 logins and passwords for Hotmail, Yahoo, AOL, Gmail and other accounts. This number has since crept up to 30,000.

I think I speak for everyone when I say, 'Ugh!' There's nothing more annoying than a phishing scam that forces you to change your passwords for everything 'just in case.'

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  • El_Capitan
    If anyone needs their e-mail password secured, just relay your e-mail, password, and security question and answer to me and I'll do it for free! Plus, I'll need your Social Security number to verify your identity.
  • El_Capitan
    Fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again.
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  • El_Capitan
    Fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again.
  • ssalim
    Luckily I switched to 10minutemail... lol j/k
  • hellwig
    I only give my email password out to people who use the Hotmail logo in their emails. I'm pretty sure that makes them official, even though I use Yahoo mail. Hmm.....