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Gmail, Lost Emails, & Firefox,,, oh my!

Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by MSM Hobbes, Jan 5, 2007.

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  1. MSM Hobbes

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    Evidently, 60 some accounts have been compromised at Gmail - all emails w/in these accounts were 'lost'. One thought is that there was/is a flaw w/in Firefox that allowed XXS to manipulate and then cause harm. While only a very small fraction of Gmail users, this does bring to light at least two points:

    1. If it is important to you, backup your email via whatever method you so desire.
    2. Technology, time, and evilness in the wrong hands can mess up the 'best' systems; ie: Firefox browser and/or Google's Gmail.

    Check out the following...
    semi-fresh news items:
    http://www.mozilla.org/security/announce/2006/mfsa2006-72.html
    http://gigaom.com/2006/12/28/mom-google-ate-my-gmail/
    http://www.enterpriseitplanet.com/security/news/article.php/3652186

    older yet potentially relevant [XXS type issue] news:
    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/10/29/gmail_vuln/
    ,,,which was supposedly fixed immediately thereafter:
    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/11/01/gmail_bug_fixed/

    Gmail forum w/ people affected:
    http://groups.google.com/group/Gmai...read/thread/e19d6ab5d41e58eb/bd2a9386c2a1ad41

    Potential to 'hack' into a Gmail type account via an invite:
    http://www.askdavetaylor.com/can_people_hack_my_google_gmail_account.html
    ,,, and via other underhanded means:
    http://www.somewhatfrank.com/2005/11/gmail_hacked_it.html

    And now, means to backup/store Gmail goods:
    http://grasshopperfactory.com/cbc/back-up-your-gmail/
     
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