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Web mail server attacks demonstrate flaw in password system

Gridsure : 07 October, 2009  (Technical Article)
GrIDsure comments on the vulnerability of traditional userid and password combinations as demonstrated by the recent Hotmail information loss
Following the news on the recent phishing attack that has affected users of web-based e-mail clients such as Gmail, Hotmail and Yahoo, Stephen Howes, CEO of GrIDsure, suggests moving to the innovative alternative to PINs and passwords.

Stephen Howes comments, "This phishing attack is yet another demonstration of the inherent weakness of fixed passwords and clearly shows that they are past their sell by date. It may not be entirely possible to stop phishing attacks with just one solution, but if web-based services adopted a one-time password model for logging in it would drastically reduce the problem. Ultimately, there needs to be a balance of user education and appropriate security measures, but with cloud computing-based services becoming the norm in today's online world, it is time that providers start looking seriously at alternatives that are much more secure than traditional passwords to ensure that confidence in their services are not dashed by further breaches such as this."
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