Azzee has received information regarding a possible Windows Live Hotmail “hack” or phishing scheme where password details of thousands of Hotmail accounts have been posted online.
An anonymous user posted details of the accounts on October 1 atpastebin.com, a site commonly used by developers to share code snippets. The details have since been removed but Aazee has seen part of the list posted and can confirm the accounts are genuine and most appear to be based in Europe. The list details over 10,000 accounts starting from A through to B, suggesting there could be additional lists. Currently it appears only accounts used to access Microsoft’s Windows Live Hotmail have been posted, this includes @hotmail.com, @msn.com and @live.com accounts.
Aazee has reported this immediately to Microsoft’s Security Response Center and to Microsoft’s PR teams in the UK and US and we are currently awaiting feedback on the situation. As this is a breaking story please check back frequently as the story will be updated as soon as more information becomes available.
If you are a Windows Live Hotmail user Aazee recommends that you change your password and security question immediately.
Update: According to BBC News, Microsoft is currently “investigating the situation and will take appropriate steps as rapidly as possible.”