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Old 10-29-2004, 03:06 PM   #1
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Got Gmail? Perhaps you are already hacked!

Google's Gmail is vulnerable to a security exploit that might allow hackers full access to your email account simply by knowing your username, according to Nana Netlife Magazine:

"Everything could get publicly exposed – your received mails might be readable, as well as all of your sent mail, and furthermore – anyone could send and receive mail under your name", thus reveals Nir Goldshlagger, an Israeli hacker, on an exclusive interview with Nana NetLife Magazine. "Even more alarming", he explains, "is the fact that the hack itself is quite simple. All that is needed of the malicious hacker, beside knowledge of the specific technique, is quite basic computer knowledge, the victim's username – and that’s it, he's inside".

Google admitted to the security flaw and is working on a fix.

One tip for Google: Stay beta forever, then you don't have to bother with legal claims at the end.
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Old 10-30-2004, 04:17 PM   #2
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Google has fixed the flaw:

"Google was recently alerted to a potential security vulnerability affecting the Gmail service. We have since fixed this vulnerability, and all current and future Gmail users are protected," Google spokesman Nathan Tyler said.

An investigation by Google found that only a handful of Gmail users were victimized, the source close to the Mountain View, California-based company said.


Now I wonder how would they be able to investigate who exactly was victimized?
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At least they're responding to issues like this quickly....

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Old 10-31-2004, 06:02 PM   #4
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True, it could have been worse. Like fixing an exploit by bringing in another one (IE users know what I am talking about).
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