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Gmail gets hacked

Discussion in 'Computers & Technology Forum' started by Ben W, Nov 21, 2005.

  1. Ben W

    Ben W Active Member
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    Sep 16, 2002
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    Hackers Cracked Gmail

    Google fixed a problem in its email program that allowed hackers to read people’s email and pose as legitimate users.
    November 16, 2005

    Google said Wednesday it has fixed a problem in its widely used email program that allowed hackers to break into people’s Gmail accounts to read messages and pose as legitimate email users.
    Security researchers in Spain exposed a flaw in the way Google authenticates its users, allowing the breach in the system that counts more than 5 million users.
    The process for exploiting Gmail was posted to a hacker web site (see link to elhacker.net).
    The site says Google fixed the problem on October 18, four days after a security researcher called ANELKAOS alerted the company to the problem.
    Google didn’t make a public announcement about the problem. Companies such as Microsoft typically alert their users to security flaws in their software.
    “Usually if you’re a vendor and you have some sort of security problem, you have to publish it,” said Cesar Cerrudo, CEO of security consultancy Argeniss. “You also have to let people know that you have fixed it and that you take security seriously.”

  2. NaasPreacher (C4K)

    NaasPreacher (C4K) Well-Known Member

    Oct 21, 2003
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    Of course gmail is still in Beta and that is part of the risks of being involved in beta testing.
  3. kubel

    kubel New Member

    Jul 10, 2005
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    Google doesn't say much. Users of GoogleTalk will notice that it auto-updates without asking or informing the user at all. Looks like this is their policy.