News Burst: Hotmail breach - Inside job?

A serious Hotmail security exploit, which has caused Microsoft unparalleled embarrassment since it was publicised Monday, is very likely to have been an inside job, according to one UK security expert.

The British hacker-turned-security consultant, who asked for anonymity, told ZDNet UK News this morning that the nature of the script -- that is, the accuracy of its parameters -- could indicate that an insider, or at least someone with an intimate knowledge of Hotmail's internal workings, may be at the centre of the controversy.

"The Swedish hacking group that have claimed responsibility for this crack may not even exist," said the source. "It would be very difficult to guess these parameters. The use of these would seem to indicate that someone must have had inside contact at some point."

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