Tag Archives: email

Incident of the Week: Ever-Growing Breach Involving Passwords for Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, Earthlink and Comcast

What started out as an incident involving the leak of 10,000 user names and passwords for Windows Live Hotmail accounts continues to grow, both in terms of users and companies affected. According to reports from the beginning of the week, more than 10,000 user names and passwords from Hotmail were posted by an anonymous user on the site pastebin.com. The list was limited to accounts starting in A and B, leaving the fear that numerous more accounts had been affected. The original reports speculated that the breach was the result of a hack of Hotmail or a phishing attack. But more information is surfacing that indicates that the breach is much larger than first thought.

Incident of the Week: Security Officer Indicted On Obstruction of Justice Charges For Shredding Evidence

Thomas Raffanello, global director of security for Stanford Financial Group (SFG), now faces charges of obstruction of justice based on claims that he directed employees at SFG’s Fort Lauderdale office to shred evidence of fraud. 

In February, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed a complaint against SFG (.pdf) in Texas alleging that the double-digit returns it promised potential customers was part of a fraudulent scheme. … More

Incident of the Week: UAE Carrier Updates Blackberry Software With Spyware, Captures Outgoing User Emails

On Tuesday, Research In Motion, Ltd. (RIM), the maker of Blackberry, posted a note on its website confirming that a software update offered to customers of its carrier Etisalat in the United Arab Emirates contained spyware.  According to the note, certain customers received an SMS message from Etisalat informing them of a software update (named "Registration") designed to improve performance.  However, RIM acknowledged, "[i]ndependent sources have concluded that Etisalat’s Registration software application is not actually designed to improve performance of a Blackberry Handheld,… More