Expert provides more proof hackers hijacked Hotmail accounts

Gregg Keizer reports:

It’s almost certain that hackers obtained the Hotmail passwords that leaked to the Internet through a botnet-based attack, a researcher said today as she provided more proof that Microsoft’s explanation was probably off-base.

“When I look at the infamous list of 10,000 Hotmail accounts, it just does not appear to be cataloged in the way you would normally expect from a phishing attack,” said Mary Landesman, a senior security researcher at San Francisco-based ScanSafe.

Landesman based her opinion on further analysis of the list that was posted to the Web two weeks ago.

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