Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail plundered in massive attack

In a phishing scam of gigantic proportions, hackers plundered password information of thousands of email accounts, including those of Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, AOL and Earthlink, over the last two days. Most accounts are of users based in Europe.

The security breach, first reported on tech blog Neowin on Monday, forced software behemoth Microsoft to block access to many accounts on Hotmail, its free web-based email service.

Search giant Google confirmed to BBC News that Gmail also was targeted as part of an industry-wide phishing scheme. While stressing that the firm had taken immediate action to safeguard the affected accounts, Google made it clear that the scam was not a breach of Gmail security but rather a scam to get users to give away their personal information to hackers


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