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Hacker Attack at GMX Discloses 1,625 E-mail Accounts

[Berlin, GERMANY] The German freemail provider GMX is still being plagued by problems.

Only last Friday, the mail accounts of 118,000 customers were erased following changes made to the mail server. Yesterday, the provider became a victim to a hacker attack, in which the passwords of 1,625 customers were manipulated and the mail accounts disclosed. The company today explained that they immediately gave the concerned mail boxes a random password in order to make them inaccessible to others.

The hacker had sent GMX users an HTML mail message with the subject "think about it!." On opening the message, a script became activated on a foreign server which altered the password, and gave the hacker free access to the personal mail of the users. Since then GMX technicians have closed this security gap.

The GMX AG is one of the biggest e-mail and messaging services in the German Internet, with over five million members.