Swede publishes email logins of 100 embassies

The Swedish security expert, Dan Egerstad has found and published usernames and passwords to email accounts of 100 embassies across the world.

Computer Sweden has interviewed him and he lets us know how he found the information when he was doing a security lab recently.

Since then he has pondered over what to do with it. Contacting all the ambassies would have been a time consuming task and perhaps met with the wrong attitude. If he would have given it to SÄPO (National Security Service (of Sweden) it would have been considered a act of espionage. So he made the brave decision and published the information on his blog, Deranged Security.

Still there are no information about which systems the hacked email acounts was running on, but it would be interesting to find out. I guess it's only a matter of time before we we learn more about this.

Hopefully this will shed some light on the issues with insufficient security of email accounts, and push the development towards safer system forward.

By Jesper Lind

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