OK guys... investigation by the Sydney Morning Herald (October 9, 2008) on hackers, phishers and nasty things... Article here
Email addresses, matched with user names and passwords for online memberships, were offered by the hacker for anyone wanting to try their hand at identity theft or even financial fraud.
The distributor of the data, a hacker who uses the name Farbod, offered 9600 identities for free. His motivation? To earn status and credibility on a website that rates hackers' skills.
Farbod, who purports to be from Texas, has already advanced in rank from lowly "pirate in training" to "Microsoft nightmare".
To his peers, giving away logins and passwords was viewed as an act of largesse.
Many of the accounts were generic accounts for Hotmail, Yahoo! and Gmail. Full list here