Tuesday, September 14, 2010

How important is your e-mail password?

ZDNet reports that an Australian man returned from travel to find that he had lost a half million dollars after one of his houses had been sold by thieves.  Another house had a sale pending.  How could thieves possibly steal a house?   Easy.  They hacked into the e-mail account he had previously used for transferring documents back and forth with his real estate agent.  Authorities are not releasing details but those documents could easily have included scanned signatures and all the personal information that an identity thief would need.

Hat tip: Instapundit.

PREVIOUSLY on e-mail and hackers:
Trial starts of Obama supporter who allegedly hacked Palin e-mail

PREVIOUSLY on privacy and modern electronics:
Your right to privacy does not include your hard disk

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