Hotmail Security Alert!!! (5/10/2000)
This question was answered on May 10, 2000. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.
A new security hole in Microsoft's Hotmail web based e-mail service allows hackers to browse your email messages without a password
The attack works when a Hotmail user clicks on an HTML attachment with an embedded Trojan horse The attachment intercepts Hotmail.com's cookies -- which include a session key called MSPAUTH --and forwards them to the attacker's computer
With the MSPAUTH key, an intruder can obtain complete access to a Hotmail account, which also could include finding POP email account passwords stored with Hotmail.
Do not open any attachments to an e-mail message unless you know exactly what it is
If you would like a technical explanation of the attack go to:
<a href="http://www.peacefire.org/security/hmattach"><font color="#003399">http://www.peacefire.org/security/hmattach</font></a>
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Posted by Ken Colburn of Data Doctors on May 10, 2000
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