Feeds

Hotmail bins email accounts on hearsay

Delete first, ask no questions whatsoever

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

Hotmail has been caught closing down email accounts accused of spamming without carrying out proper checks first.

An investigation by Israeli news site NRG Maariv found that all it takes to close down a hotmail account is a report - be it true or not - to Hotmail's abuse team that a Hotmail account has been used for spam.

Even if the accounts had not been used to send spam, within 24 hours, those accounts had been shut down without the account holder being notified.

When journos at NRG Maariv tried it themselves, they found their newly-created Hotmail account was deactivated even though it had not been used to send a single email.

It means that malicious users acting out of revenge or some warped sense of pleasure can easily get Hotmail email accounts shut down, said the news story.

Question is, are the three cases highlighted just a blip or symptomatic of a new approach by Hotmail to clamp down on spammers?

No one at Hotmail was available for comment at the time of writing, although it's understood the matter is being investigated. ®

Related stories

Verified: you can get anybody you want kicked off Hotmail

MS sues 200 for spamming
MS opens Hotmail to bulk mailers
Hotmail back online
Microsoft unleashes legal attack dogs on spammers

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
Goog says patch⁵⁰ your Chrome
64-bit browser loads cat vids FIFTEEN PERCENT faster!
Chinese hackers spied on investigators of Flight MH370 - report
Classified data on flight's disappearance pinched
NIST to sysadmins: clean up your SSH mess
Too many keys, too badly managed
Scratched PC-dispatch patch patched, hatched in batch rematch
Windows security update fixed after triggering blue screens (and screams) of death
Researchers camouflage haxxor traps with fake application traffic
Honeypots sweetened to resemble actual workloads, complete with 'secure' logins
Attack flogged through shiny-clicky social media buttons
66,000 users popped by malicious Flash fudging add-on
prev story

Whitepapers

Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Backing up distributed data
Eliminating the redundant use of bandwidth and storage capacity and application consolidation in the modern data center.
The essential guide to IT transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIOs automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.