Just when Hotmail users thought it was safe, another violation has been discovered in Microsoft Corp.'s Web-based e-mail system.
Bulgarian programmer Georgi Guninski took credit for finding the latest Hotmail hole. He's been on a roll of late finding security holes, including two holes in Internet Explorer 5.
This could allow an attacker to steal a user's password and then read messages or do other activities.
But Microsoft isn't taking blame for this Hotmail problem. "Microsoft takes security problems seriously, but this is not a security issue," the spokeswoman said. This Hotmail problem is the result of people "targeting users to run malicious code on the Web."
Hotmail has proven to be a hot spot for Microsoft. The e-mail service was hacked into last month, and a Swedish hacker set up a Web site featuring how attackers could gain complete access to users' e-mail accounts. Microsoft then announced an outside firm will audit Hotmail for security risks.