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Probe After Hacker Hits Electronic Wallet

COMPUTER giant Microsoft has launched an investigation after a mystery hacker found a way to access an Internet service and obtain personal details of users. The discovery potentially put at risk sensitive information about the estimated 200m people around the world who have a Passport account. The service, which is described as an “electronic wallet”,contains information such as the members’ email and home address,mobile number and credit card details. The company yesterday insisted fewer than 200 accounts throughout the world had been accessed. The problem centred on a function enabling account holders to get a reminder if they forget a password. Users automatically have a separate email address to get the password,but the hacker managed to decode the software and enter another address of their choice. Anyone with the password would have been potentially able, for instance, to purchase items on line using the stored credit card number and bill it to the member. Full Story

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