- dotTech - http://dottech.org -

Just great. 20,000 Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, and other e-mail service provider users also hit by phishing scam.

Yesterday I posted about how 10,000+ Hotmail accounts were caught in a wide-spread phishing scam [1]. Today, according to the BBC [2], “20,000 more names and passwords that have been posted online.” However, this time the e-mail accounts not just limited to Hotmail (@hotmail.com, @msn.com, and @live.com) accounts. This time, accounts affected are from Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, Comcast, Earthlink, and more. The BBC goes on to further state “Some of the accounts appear to be old, unused or fake. However, BBC News has confirmed that many – including Gmail and Hotmail addresses – are genuine. Other addresses include Comcast and Earthlink accounts.”

So moral of the story? Well, first go reset your e-mail password. Second, do not have the same password for everything you use. Third, do not click on links in e-mails you did not ask for or you don’t know why you are receiving. Fourth, go read Ashraf’s guide on best free security software [3] which will help in detecting and exposing phishing scams before you are trapped.