Microsoft fixes Hotmail password bug, stops easy hacks
30th Apr 2012 | 03:41
Hackers were offering Hotmail intrusion for just £12 per account
Microsoft has plugged a security loophole which allowed for hackers to easily reset the passwords of any Hotmail address and take control of the account.
The company says it took appropriate action following reports that hackers were selling access to Hotmail accounts for as little as $20 (£12) online. YouTube videos advising how to take over accounts also appeared on the sharing site.
In a brief statement Microsoft says that the problem is now taken care of, with its 350 million members required to take no further action.
"On Friday, we addressed an incident with password reset functionality; there is no action for customers, as they are protected," the company said.
The company has not revealed how many accounts were compromised, but it's easy to check if yours is among them. If you can't log in with your existing password then you may have a problem.