某国外网站一篇名为“Thousands of Hotmail passwords leaked online”标题的文章吸引了众多目光，短短几小时，点击率已经达10几万，翻译成中文便为“成千上万的Hotmail密码泄漏”。
内容提到“微软Live Hotmail服务可能被黑客攻破，因为有匿名人士在pastebin.com网站上公布了1万多个Live Hotmail电子邮件帐户名和密码，且全部为真实信息。”这些帐户大部分来自欧洲，全部以A和B开头，受影响的帐户包括@hotmail.com、@msn.com和@live.com。
今天微软承认，确实有数千个帐户信息被公之于众，但Live Hotmail服务并未被攻陷。被公布的帐户信息可能是通过“钓鱼”攻击而获得。 该发言人还称，微软已启动相应程序，确保用户重新控制自己的帐户。
微软没有披露受到影响的用户数量。据称，逾1万个Hotmail账户密码被泄露。微软发言人表示，“我们已经得知，部分Windows Live Hotmail用户密码被黑客泄露到一个网站上。”
Neowin has received information regarding a possible Windows Live Hotmail "hack" or phishing scheme where password details of thousands of Hotmail accounts have been posted online.
An anonymous user posted details of the accounts on October 1 at pastebin.com, a site commonly used by developers to share code snippets. The details have since been removed but Neowin has seen part of the list posted and can confirm the accounts are genuine and most appear to be based in Europe. The list details over 10,000 accounts starting from A through to B, suggesting there could be additional lists. Currently it appears only accounts used to access Microsoft's Windows Live Hotmail have been posted, this includes @hotmail.com, @msn.com and @live.com accounts.
Neowin has reported this immediately to Microsoft's Security Response Center and to Microsoft's PR teams in the UK and US and we are currently awaiting feedback on the situation. As this is a breaking story please check back frequently as the story will be updated as soon as more information becomes available.
If you are a Windows Live Hotmail user Neowin recommends that you change your password and security question immediately.
Thanks to Chris for the news tip
Update: According to BBC News, Microsoft is currently "investigating the situation and will take appropriate steps as rapidly as possible."
Update 2: Microsoft has now fully confirmed our reports. According to a Microsoft spokesperson "over the weekend Microsoft learned that several thousand Windows Live Hotmail customer's credentials were exposed on a third-party site due to a likely phishing scheme. Upon learning of the issue, we immediately requested that the credentials be removed and launched an investigation to determine the impact to customers. As part of that investigation, we determined that this was not a breach of internal Microsoft data and initiated our standard process of working to help customers regain control of their accounts."