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SRO: Hotmail Cracked Like An Egg

Sep 05, 1999, 20:15 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

"Do not pass Go, do not collect $200. Go directly to your Hotmail in box, clean out all of your mail, and ask everyone who uses that account to reroute their messages to another address. Hotmail, the popular Microsoft e-mail Web service, has been cracked wide open.

This isn't merely a small hole that only a technically adept cracker can creep into. This is a gash through which anyone with access to a short HTML script, already widely circulated, can gain entry into a Hotmail account.

Sm@rt Reseller trials found that we could view Hotmail in boxes, as well as read, forward and delete messages--all by simply putting a user name in the script. If an account is currently in use, the in box can be viewed, but an outsider cannot manipulate the messages."

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