Microsoft says thousands of Windows Live Hot mail passwords have been leaked online. The company has not revealed exactly how many accounts are affected.

Microsoft says they were stolen through a phishing scheme on a third party site and not stolen from Microsoft. It says it is going to block access to all of the accounts that were exposed and have resources in place to help those users reclaim their accounts.

Microsoft says if you believe your information was documented on the illegal list, please fill out the following form to reclaim access to your account. As an extra precaution if you're worried your hot mail password was leaked, you should change your password.

Microsoft posted the following information about phishing on its Windows Live Blog: Phishing is an industry-wide problem and Microsoft is committed to helping consumers have a safe, secure and positive online experience. Our guidance to customers is to exercise extreme caution when opening unsolicited attachments and links from both known and unknown sources, and that they install and regularly update their anti-virus software. If you believe you've been a victim of a phishing scheme, it's very important that you update your account information and change your password as soon as possible.

Got a Hot mail or Windows Live email address? You need to change your password, ASAP: a document of more than 10,000 addresses and matching passwords has been leaked online, meaning any user on that list has been left wide open to identity fraud.

Source by John C Nwabueze