Hackers broke into AT&T Inc.’s Worldnet e-mail accounts that “use easy-to-guess user passwords,” a spokesman confirmed Tuesday.
The hackers took over a few hundred accounts and began sending out large amounts of spam during the past three weeks, said Mike Barger, AT&T spokesman. AT&T disabled those accounts.
AT&T also sent notices to all of its 600,000 e-mail customers notifying them to strengthen their passwords to a “complex password” by Feb. 15 to better protect their account. A complex password is a combination of letters and numbers that does not contain a person’s first or last name or any sequential numbers like 1-2-3.
Source – San Antonio Express