I am unable to get any e-mail from my AOL account today. Now, before you tell me that I should dump that AOL account, it seems that there's a phishing scheme that is hitting other accounts, i.e., Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo!, et cetera.
Hotmail users aren't the only ones who've been hit by a phishing scheme over the past week. Google told BBC News on Tuesday that Gmail users have also been affected by the hackers who posted passwords online.
The problem is far more widespread than was disclosed on Monday, possibly affecting Yahoo and AOL e-mail accounts as well, according to BBC News.
Google described the issue as an "industrywide phishing scheme." BBC News said it has seen two lists posted online with "more than 30,000 names and passwords" from Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, Microsoft's Windows Live Hotmail, and other service providers.
Read more about it: CNET article dated October 6, 2009
I have other e-mail accounts in my name that I can access if I have to send something to a client, but many of my work-related contacts reach me via AOL. If I cannot read my mail today, I'm going to go nuts. This is almost as bad as losing power or my high-speed Internet connection. Sheesh!