[kwlug-disc] OT: Hotmail/Yahoo account breakins

Khalid Baheyeldin kb at 2bits.com
Thu Feb 14 21:44:35 EST 2013

On Thu, Feb 14, 2013 at 9:32 PM, unsolicited <unsolicited at swiz.ca> wrote:

> Worth forwarding all accounts to your trusted / preferred server, where
> you can use your (sandboxed?) trusted e-mail client / browser/e-mail combo?
> (Isn't gmail supposed to have some pretty good malware detection behind it?)

In theory, yes.

But not all services provide forwarding nor POP/IMAP (AFAIK, only Gmail
allows it).

Further more, I used Gmail for its features, like spam protection,
threading, good compose features, ...etc.

And I don't want to run my own POP/IMAP server.

And the attack vector was not Gmail. It was definitely Chromium and Yahoo

So all of that does not solve anything in this case.

Something else not mentioned thus far: only read e-mail in plain text.
> Switching to non-plain text on a per message, judicious, basis.

If someone sends you a URL, and you have plain text email in your client,
and you copy and paste it, then it is the same as clicking it from HTML.

Khalid M. Baheyeldin
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