According to the security company Trend Micro, thousands of users of the email service Hotmail recently got their emails stolen because of a bug in the web service.

By sending a specially designed email, hackers could access the selected users private emails. The email that was used contained a special code that caused all email messages stored on the recipient’s Hotmail account to be sent back to the hackers.

The message in the email above roughly translates to the following:

Subject: Have you ever logged in Facebook from unknown location?

Dear Facebook User,

Your Facebook account is accessed from a computer or device or from a location that you have never used before. For protecting your account security, before you have confirm your account is not hacked, we temporarily locked down your account.

Have you ever logged in Facebook from other place?

If this is not your name, please use your personal computer to login Facebook and follow the instructions to manage your account information.

If this is not your account, please do not worry. Relogin can lead your back to your own account.
For more information, visit our Help Center here: … {link}

Facebook Security Team

Trend Micro reported the problem to Microsoft and they fixed the bug last Friday. According to Microsoft, it is unknown how many users that may be experiencing the problem.

According to Trend Micro, not many users are affected by the attacks. The company estimates that between 1000-2000 people may have had their emails stolen. Trend Micro adds that the company does not know how long the bug existed before it was discovered by hackers.

(via PCforAlla)