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October 7th, 2009
10:48 AM ET

Email Passwords Stolen

Tens of thousands have been stolen – perhaps through a phishing scam. Today in the Newsroom, our Josh Levs is reporting on this story, and giving advice on how to protect yourself online.

Here are some links from Josh:

Coverage from USA Today:
http://blogs.usatoday.com/technologylive/2009/10/20000-hotmail-passwords-exposed.html

Specifics from Acunetix, which provided a breakdown:
http://www.acunetix.com/blog/websecuritynews/statistics-from-10000-leaked-hotmail-passwords/#

A special cnn.com section on how to stay safe online:
http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2009/dont.click.on.that/

Are you safe? Try this quiz:
http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/09/28/online.safety.quiz/index.html

Advice from Google on choosing smart password:
http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2009/10/choosing-smart-password.html

What links help you? Post here to share with others.


Filed under: Heidi Collins • Josh Levs
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Mary

    Students know that they do not have to do homework or participate in class because they will be promoted whether they pass or fail, courtesy of no child left behind. Without parent supervision and hours of free time, they roam the neighborhoods, play video games, or watch adult tv programs/movies.

    October 7, 2009 at 1:03 pm |
  2. skip

    I fought in Vietnam and this mess in Afghanastan is getting just as bad. Now my youngest son is in the Marines over there and they can't use all the weapons at their disposal because of fear of hurting civilians. Their fighter planes only drop flares instead of bombs. The bad guys know this and use homes, etc to kill our guys. It probably sounds cruel, but if you want the taliban to stop you have to make it so painful for them and their supporters that they will be forced to quit. It;s not pretty and it is shame that innocents have to suffer, but that's the hard reality of war.

    October 7, 2009 at 1:03 pm |
  3. Miike Spring, TX

    It's easy to use a "simple" password – just capitalize one or two letters

    October 7, 2009 at 1:33 pm |
  4. lawrence adams

    Lets stop work place violance, lets allow everyone to brings guns to work, HELLO! ITS THE IDIOTS THAT CARRY GUNS THAT SHOOT PEOPLE.

    October 7, 2009 at 1:41 pm |
  5. morris Griffin

    Josh,

    After seeing most of the comments, I'm surprised no one

    mentioned, putting Camera's in the bad class-rooms, no one

    mention,putting camera's in the cafeteria's, and around the

    schools, boys & girls Clubs that are nortorious for Gang fighting

    Rappers warn fans not to Snitch when they see violience, and

    threaten if you snitich,you will see a ditch you son of a B_ _ _ h

    Police can not remain visable every min. how -ever Camera"s

    can. We have them at street corners, we have them at all kinds

    of Department Stores, why not Schools to protect the Snitchers.

    Some parents of the pass (3) generations, lost the value of life.

    Some parents don't want their children to be more educated,

    nor smarter than them as parents. We can not make gang

    bangers stop committing violience, but we can catch them every

    time.

    Big Money Griff -L.A. Calif

    October 7, 2009 at 1:49 pm |
  6. Colleen

    Re Yahoo Passwords Stolen – one would think that Yahoo and Gmail would have made it easy for users to change passwords – one Click to a box on the Mail page would be sufficent. It is obvious that the web designers have never heard of the KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) system which was used when computers were first introduced to the public.
    Even to read incoming messages on Yahoo one has to first contend with superfluous links, comments and questions. Wake up Yahoo! – your competitors are doing much better!

    October 7, 2009 at 2:26 pm |
  7. alex lyrics

    nothing is safe on the net, nothing, not children, not banks, not email.

    And AOL And hotmail sell those codes.

    October 7, 2009 at 3:41 pm |
  8. David

    Right but how do you know when something is actually real, something to do, acceptable, and when it's not? Any internet tips on this?

    October 7, 2009 at 8:43 pm |
  9. Joe Brafford

    Premarital and teenage sex, out-of-wedlock birthsand , single parenting are the primary causes. Responsible parentling; having and keeping two biological parents from birth to maturity, is the ONLY answer. This would reduce poverty, school dropouts, school violence, obseity, disrespect for authority, irresponsible borrowing and spending, and almost every other problem we have in this country.

    October 8, 2009 at 1:08 pm |
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