Security Flaw Discovered in Netscape Mail
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A software company Wednesday came across a flaw in the popular Netscape Mail utility that may compromise users' passwords.
According to a study by Zona Research, as of November, Netscape owns 36 percent of the entire Web browser market, and a number of those users also use Netscape Mail. Netscape is a division of America Online (AOL).
RST said it worries that most users keep one password for a variety of secure functions and if hackers get hold of a mail password, chances are that they can crack other, more malicious programs.
Netscape acknowledged the flaw, but said in published reports that it considers the flaw to be a machine issue more than a Netscape problem. The company could not be reached for further comment.
Security is a hot issue with e-mail programs now that the applications are a daily part of most computer users' lives. Most recently, approximately 50 million Hotmail accounts were exposed this fall by a group of hackers who set up a Web site that could log in to any Hotmail account without requiring a password. The company followed up by hiring a third-party auditor to assure the program's security.