Alert: Email Hijacking at an All Time High

By now you have probably noticed many new spam email arriving into your post office each day.  
This is due to the extremely high rate of free email account (Hotmail, Yahoo, etc.) that are being password hacked.
Normally this is due to a poor password choice.  

While easy passwords (pets names and real words) are easy to remember they are also easy to guess.  Automated programs (Bots) can "brute force" their way into most accounts by running a giant database of likely used passwords (i.e. - Spot, kitty, smile, password, password1, password2, etc.) while attempting to log into the email account over and over again until it works.  

The best defense against account hijacking is to use strong passwords. 

To assist you in testing your current password strength or to create more powerful passwords we have provided you with this program running from within our secure pages here:

http://telesites.net/password/pwdmeter.htm
   
The typical hijacked email is sent to all the addresses in your contact list within the email account that has been hacked.

In most cases it contains a single spam link line that looks something like this:

http://arthritisincats101.org/lkznzrz.html?vvma=rzvuaa  

It will normally have 8 to 10 other email addresses in the TO line along with yours. 
It will continue to send out email to these addresses until the account is retaken or closed. 
It is difficult for us to automatically stop this kind of spam from reaching your inbox as there are no real keywords to filter on. 

Unfortunately the only thing you can do to stop this is to alert the person who owns the account to change their password ASAP.  If the password has already been changed by the hacker then they will not be able to access their own account - so they must contact the main Service (Hotmail, Yahoo, etc.) to let them know the account has been compromised.  Also unfortunately - if the password HAS been changed they will not be able to access their email at this address - so you may have to use an alternate way of contacting them. 

If you'd like you can direct them to this article with the following link:
http://support.telesites.net/KB/a20/alert-email-hijacking-at-an-all-time-high.aspx

Recently Yahoo was hacked and more than 450,000 passwords were stolen.   If that isn't bad enough; they published the entire list online.   See the article about it here: 
http://www.pcworld.com/article/259244/yahoo_patches_password_leak.html

Need more proof?  LinkIn (confirmed this on June 6) had over 6.5 million (161 million users) passwords posted on a Russian hacker's web site.  If you belong you should change your password right now! 
http://www.itworld.com/security/280216/change-your-linkedin-password-right-now

If your TeleSites.net email account is ever hijacked we will stop the account from sending automatically; change the password to a strong one and let you know.  




 

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