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Standard User GeoffB
(fountain of knowledge) Tue 27-May-14 12:32:52
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Two step verification

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It seems that BT (or at least the Yahoo part) has on-going issues with users' passwords being hacked. I had an email from a good friend recently who was stuck in Rome and needed funds to be sent urgently (Yeah, right!). I have a Microsoft account which texts me an access code when I log on. I have to enter this as a second step before I can get to my mail. Just wondering why BT can't offer this as an option.

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Standard User ian72
(knowledge is power) Tue 27-May-14 13:21:43
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Re: Two step verification

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Are you sure the BT email account was hacked?

It is quite possible the spammer just got a list of email addresses and spoofed them. This can be done very easily and requires no access to the account itself.

EDIT to add: Just thought that as you received the email from the friend it is likely their address book is compromised. However, it is just as likely that this is via a virus/malware on their own PC harvesting the address book rather than the BT account itself.

Edited by ian72 (Tue 27-May-14 13:22:42)

Standard User RobertoS
(sensei) Tue 27-May-14 13:43:59
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Re: Two step verification

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Also examining the email header can reveal a different source from the one shown in the normally viewed email.

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