New Security Hole in Hotmail
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Microsoft's Hotmail service is at risk again from a new security threat.
According to Guninski, the flaw could enable a malicious person to launch password stealing programs or to secretly access the contents of a Hotmail users' account.
Last month, a separate security hole enabled outsiders to log in to others' Hotmail account without a password.
Gary McGraw, vice president of corporate technology for Reliable Software Technologies, said the new discovery suggests the Hotmail service may have become a new favorite target of hackers.
"As an attacker, it's a much juicier target than trying to attack every individual platform out there,"McGraw said.
"These holes are like raw material, and its good when the holes are discovered by people who are honest. But you can work that raw material into many different sorts of attacks."
In the wake of the earlier Hotmail attack, late last week Microsoft confirmed that it intends to hire an outside firm to audit the security of the service.