My hotmail account got hacked by some automated "bot" doing the rounds and trying to crack peoples passwords.
Apparently, this has been going on for years.
I had a password with letters AND numbers in it but it still got cracked.
They then sent an e-mail to all my contacts and a load of other random addresses.
See a copy of the e-mail at end of post.
They then DELETED all my contacts.
I did a google search and found out about this and also found a Microsoft site that helped me get my contacts back again. They were very good, they did this in under 24 hours.
I have changed my password now so that it has upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters like £, @ > etc.
It's a pain in the bum to remember but it has to be done I suppose.
I have also gone into hotmail and under the contacts tab, I have exported my contacts to a word file as a backup.
I would advise you all to do the same.
Now, this is NOT a virus, so your anti virus software won't stop it.
You just need to have a really secure password ( you should have anyway but I didn't 'cos it's easier to remember ).
This is the e-mail that got sent out.
It had the title "NEW SHOPPING NEW LIFE" .....................
I would like to introduce a really good company that mainly do the electornic products trade.
Now the company is doing promotion,all of it's products are sold nearly as same as their cost.
It redeners the best service to customers,it provide you original products which is
good quality,and what's more,the pricewill give you a big surprise!
It is realy a good opportunity for doing shopping.Just grasp the opportunity,or there will be no more than that!
The web address:(www.) mowhy.com