I’m sure lots of folks here have been getting spam from people they’ve emailed in the last few months because those users have had their accounts “hacked” (brute force entry with a dictionary would be more accurate) and the “hacker” sends the spam to everyone on the contact list.
Gmail temporarily locks an account after a few bad login attempts. The more login attempts, the longer the temporary lock gets. So I don’t think I’ve ever gotten a spam from a “hacked” Gmail account.
Why in Sam Hill do the above-referenced clowns permit essentially unlimited login attempts to an email account until the dictionary-based brute force attack is finally successful? Are they too concerned with the additional ad impressions they might receive? I’m wondering if the fact that those companies are struggling with their ability to make money off advertising is related to the utter lack of basic security features they’ve implemented to protect their “customers.”