Windows Live Hotmail hijackings are due to malware spreaded by spammers

Rob Margel pointed to an entry published on Windows Live Solution Center offering details about the hacked Windows Live Hotmail accounts “Hotmail is seeing instances of accounts being "hijacked" by spammers who send emails out advertising an electronics website. Spam mails usually have subjects like "Good shopping good mood" and may go to your contact […]

Rob Margel pointed to an entry published on Windows Live Solution Center offering details about the hacked Windows Live Hotmail accounts “Hotmail is seeing instances of accounts being "hijacked" by spammers who send emails out advertising an electronics website. Spam mails usually have subjects like "Good shopping good mood" and may go to your contact list in addition to a random list of emails. Indications this's happening to you may include you being required to match characters in the picture (to verify that you're a person and not an automated program) to send mails when you reach your limits.” According to Microsoft, there’e number of symptoms that can be used to diagnose whether a specific Hotmail account was hacked. The Redmond company revealed that victims of hijackings typically saw deleted contacts and the safe sender's list removed. In addition, settings of account are changed with Deletion of Junk messages set to ‘Immediately’ and Junk Mail Settings to ‘Exclusive.’ The last symptom would prevent messages from being delivered to your Inbox,” Microsoft informed. “Some of the other account settings that might be affected by this issue are your Vacation reply and Signature.”

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