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Your e-mail's been hacked: Now what?More than 113 million spam e-mail messages are sent worldwide every day. Some e-mail providers, like AOL and Hotmail, are particularly susceptible to being hacked and sending out those bothersome messages. CNET's Kara Tsuboi reports on steps you can take...
-We've all received annoying spam e-mail messages like this: Buy Viagra now for 99 cents. [unk] watches, [unk]. Have a great date. But when it's your e-mail account spamming people, it can be more than an annoyance. -My Hotmail account was inundated with friends of mine that I just hadn't talked to in a long time, saying, are you really stuck in Europe? Are you in need of money? -Drew [unk] 8-year old Hotmail account was hacked 4 months ago and has served as an online wakeup call. -It was kind of a nice update almost of web security to say, hey, you need to diversify your passwords a little bit, diversify your usernames. -While every e-mail account is vulnerable to hacking regardless of service provider, experts say, Hotmail and AOL are particularly vulnerable. -These two are giants. AOL is one of the oldest webmail providers and Hotmail is one of the biggest, with over 360 million users. And that's a lot of targets. -Besides completely closing your compromised account, here are some other solutions. -Notifying your webmail provider that you think there's been a problem. Use a help form, use a contact form. It's as easy as that. Another good precaution is changing your password, maybe making it something that's more secure. -But [unk] cautions with e-mail getting hacked is often not a matter of if, but rather when. -I kind of anticipated more and more these days with just how open the internet is. -A good time to take stock of your online footprint. In San Francisco, I'm Kara Tsuboi, CNET.com for CBS News.