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The State of Hacked Accounts

Oct 06, 2011, 16:01 (0 Talkback[s])

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"The results of a survey presenting statistics on the theft, abuse and eventual recovery of Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail and Facebook accounts, shows that:

"Less than one-third of users noticed their accounts had been compromised, with over 50% relying on friends to point out their stolen accounts.

"15% of users thought their credentials were stolen after they used a public Internet terminal or WiFi network.

One in eight hijacked accounts were used for a phony distress email scam that asks friends to wire funds to a foreign country, and over half of the accounts were used to send spam."

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