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News! Microsoft unveils hacked email alert

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Microsoft unveils hacked email alert
By Nicole Kobie 15 Jul 2011 at 14:45

Microsoft has rolled out a new system to let Hotmail users report when their friends' accounts are hacked - even if the friend is using Gmail.

If a hacker accesses a contact's account and starts spewing spam, Hotmail users can tick a field in the "Mark As" section saying "my friend's been hacked".

The account will be frozen to keep the hacker from sending any more spam or malware, and users will be able to regain control of their account by answering a few security questions.

"When you report that your friendís account has been compromised, Hotmail takes that report and combines it with the other information from the compromise detection engine to determine if the account in question has in fact been hijacked," said Dick Craddock, group programme manager, in a post on the Microsoft blog.
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