Do you know what people referred to with the term “the most widespread security incident in the history of the Web” in the 20th century? In 1999 computer hackers managed to hack into one of the first companies, which provided webmail services at that time. Of course, this statement alone may petrify most people nowadays, since we give personal information data to the webmail providers we use.
However, during that time hackers didn’t reveal personal details to the community, instead they gave the world something else – accessible knowledge of one security flaw in Hotmail’s system. It permitted its users to log into their accounts using a password, containing the word combination “eh”.
Still, it’s not the only hacker invasion Hotmail has experienced. Shortly after this case, in 2001 hackers found a way to log into any account using a modified URL and to extract messages from any other account on Hotmail. Of course, the media spread the word, making it easier for innumerable other hackers to run across Hotmail untamed by any restrictions.