by Mike Masnick

Filed Under:
email, hack

In Case You Didn't Know... People Hack Email Accounts All The Time

from the public-service-announcements dept

Almost exactly a decade ago, we wrote about how it was quite easy for people to get passwords from AOL users. Somehow, somewhere, for many years, that post was one of the top results for people searching on "steal AOL passwords," meaning that (to this date) it's been one of our most commented on posts, with tons of clueless individuals asking in the comments how to steal someone's password. So, it wasn't much of a surprise to me to find out that there are a bunch of services out there doing a brisk business in selling the ability to hack email accounts for about $100 per account (cheaper in some cases), and there really isn't that much to be done about it. It's not a big enough problem for authorities to really care about. Even if they did crack down, it wouldn't stop the activity at all -- others would quickly pop up offering the same thing. Still, it's fascinating to see how blatant some of the services are in advertising their wares. You would think that they'd try to be at least a little subtle. However, I guess with so little likelihood of getting in trouble for it, those offering such services don't see any advantage in not being upfront.

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    Headbhang, 9 Sep 2009 @ 12:47am

    Re: Not hacking

    "Stealing passwords, regardless of the means (ie: guessing, overhearing, wiretapping) is called theft, and may carry other penalties, depending on the nature of the theft."

    It is only theft if you change it. If you don't, it's only copyright infringement. Oh wait, wrong department! ;)

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