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DateMonday, April 27, 2009


Sophos, the IT security and control firm is reminding computer users of the importance of properly securing their online email accounts by not choosing easy-to-guess 'secret questions', following news that hackers have broken into Salma Hayek's email account and released images of her private communications.



According to Sophos, Hackers were able to breach Oscar Nominated Actress Salma Hayek's email when they guessed her date of birth and title of her favourite filmAccording to reports, the Oscar-nominated actress had her MobileMe account hacked after cybercriminals reset her account password by correctly entering her date of birth and guessing her secret question, reportedly, but we feel certain is no longer, the name of her most famous film role!



As a result, the world now knows details about what iPhone applications Salma has download from the Apple iTunes Store, when she has arranged to have her Japanese face massage, and that her billionaire French husband François-Henri Pinault pays her bills.



Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos said, "It's becoming more common for internet hackers to think it's funny to break into a celebrity's account and expose their private conversations, but let's not forget that Salma Hayek has been the victim of a crime"


"The lesson here is that no-one, whether a Hollywood celebrity or a Cricklewood hairdresser, should leave their email accounts poorly defended. Hayek's mistake was to leave her MobileMe account accessible to anyone who could search for her 'secret answers' on Wikipedia," Cluley added.



Sophos experts say that Salma Hayek is the latest in a string of celebrities, including Paris Hilton and Sarah Palin, to have their email accounts hacked.



Too many people when they are asked 'What was your mother's maiden name?' or 'Tell us the name of your favourite pet' choose to answer honestly. The problem is however, this type of information is often a matter of public record, or can be easily found out by visiting their Facebook or other social networking profile.



Sophos sugest instead, to choose the answers to "secret questions" based on something memorable but bizarre - something that no-one else will be able to guess. Clulely concludes, "If it means claiming that your mother's maiden name was Zaphod Beeblebrox - do it!"




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