Key-logging behind web Hotmail, Google, Yahoo mail scam

Victims of an industry-wide email scam could have been part of a so-called key-logging attack, according to one security expert.Amichai Shulman from security firm Imperva said the high numbers of victims suggested this type of attack.Unlike a traditional phishing scam, which lures people into revealing their details on fake websites, key-logging records individual key strokes.In some cases the malware could have been downloaded automatically. see:Hotmail hacks easy as 123456
The Hotmail hack attack this week has laid bare the woeful password choices of web users, as reports emerged that up to 1 million web email accounts could have been compromised.The most common password was “123456”, while many users had names or dates of birth – all easy pickings for the determined password cracker.

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