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The Register breaking news launch a gold rush for jokers, spammers

Analysis Microsoft's servers have been going bonkers processing account requests for its newly launched webmail service, but there's plenty of evidence to suggest that Redmond's Gmail competitor may be less of a breakout success than it would have us believe. On Tuesday, just six hours after the service launched, the …
The Register breaking news

If Hotmail was a person it could have kids now. But it would be a crime

Sketch It's a slow day on the tech-news desk in the temporary Olympic capital of the world, London. But, with proper IT news being in short supply, more than one starving blogger has been forced to resort to writing a "my first pony" story about Hotmail, now that it's turning into We take you now to a newsroom not far …
Kelly Fiveash, 1 Aug 2012
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Police called after Romney's email and Dropbox accounts cracked

Police are investigating a claimed cracking of presidential hopeful Mitt Romney's Hotmail and Dropbox accounts. An anonymous tipster claims to have accessed Romney's accounts by answering the security question needed to gain access. Using publically available information the attacker claims to have correctly guessed the name …
Iain Thomson, 6 Jun 2012
The Register breaking news

Microsoft squashes Hotmail password hijack bug

Microsoft has smacked down a Hotmail bug that allowed hackers to lock users out of their own accounts. Redmond took one day to slap down a glitch that allowed anyone with a Firefox add-on to remotely reset the password of a Hotmail account. The Tamper Data add-on allowed hackers to siphon off the outgoing HTTP request from the …
Anna Leach, 27 Apr 2012
The Register breaking news

Anti-phishing DMARC adoption gathers (free) steam

The world's biggest names in the consumer webmail space are sharing security intelligence with businesses for free to help drive adoption of the DMARC email-authentication system. Last month, Google, Microsoft, AOL, Facebook, and Yahoo! joined up with service providers such as PayPal to push the Domain-based Message …
Iain Thomson, 24 Feb 2012
The Register breaking news

Microsoft updates Hotmail to deal with grey spam

Microsoft is making a series of changes to its Hotmail service aimed at cutting down the amount of old mail stuck on servers, falsely labeled spam. Redmond reckons that only about two per cent of inbox email is actually bona fide spam, with the bulk unwanted newsletter deals and alerts that were signed up for and are now …
Iain Thomson, 4 Oct 2011
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Microsoft cloud evaporated by one busted file

A corrupted file in Microsoft's DNS services brought down its cloud across the world, the software giant has revealed. In a dramatic failure, Office 365 and Windows Live services including Hotmail and SkyDrive fell over for more than three hours earlier this month, causing further embarrassment for Redmond. No customer data …
Paul Kunert, 21 Sep 2011

Office 365, Hotmail and SkyDrive hit by outage

A new month and another outage for Microsoft's Office 365 cloud service. This time it had company as Hotmail and SkyDrive were also downed by the same DNS (Domain Name System) issue. Luckily for Europe, outages started in the middle of last night when most of us were tucked up in bed – 4am GMT and lasted for around three-and-a …
Paul Kunert, 9 Sep 2011
The Register breaking news

Hey! My friend is sending spam

Microsoft is introducing an early warning system for Hotmail users to report suspicions that friend’s email accounts have been hacked. Individual reports are checked against a compromise detection engine to determine if the account has been hijacked. If something is amiss the account is suspended - rendering it useless for a …
John Leyden, 16 Jul 2011
The Register breaking news

Microsoft integrates OAuth 2.0 in play for Facebook goodness

Microsoft has suckered up to Facebook's social graph API with the implementation of OAuth 2.0 on its Windows Live developer platform. The company announced plans to hook its next version of Microsoft's Messenger Connect coder system into the open authorisation standard in early May, when its ID expert Kim Cameron quit Redmond …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Jun 2011
The Register breaking news

Webmail buggers attack Yahoo!, Hotmail users

The high-profile phishing campaign targeting the private Gmail accounts of government officials and political activists is part of a wider pattern of attacks also targeting Hotmail and Yahoo! Mail, according to net security firm Trend Micro. Trend said that whether or not the attacks were related, they were all aimed towards …
John Leyden, 3 Jun 2011
The Register breaking news

Exploited Hotmail bug stole email without warning

Microsoft has patched a bug in its Hotmail email service that attackers were exploiting to silently steal confidential correspondences and user contacts from unsuspecting victims. The vulnerability was actively being exploited using emails that contained malicious scripts, Trend Micro researcher Karl Dominguez said Monday. …
Dan Goodin, 24 May 2011
The Register breaking news

Fake certificate attack targets Facebook users in Syria

A man-in-the-middle attack is being run against users of the secure version of Facebook in Syria, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) warns. The semi-professional attack against the HTTPS version of the Facebook site relies on a digital certificate unsigned by any Certificate Authority and probable re-routing of traffic …
John Leyden, 6 May 2011
The Register breaking news

Facebook fails webmail tests

Consumer organisation Which? reckons Facebook provides one of the worst free webmail services available. Researchers looked at seven different sites, including AOL and Excite for history fans. Microsoft's Windows Live Hotmail came out in top spot with an 83 per cent score. Researchers liked its 5GB of storage space and easy …
John Oates, 5 May 2011
The Register breaking news

Facebook fixes Hotmail reset bug

Facebook has plugged a password reset glitch involving users who linked their social network profiles to Hotmail webmail address. The flaw, discovered by Turkish security researcher Serkan Gencel, also created a possible mechanism for cyber-criminals to lift Facebook passwords linked to Hotmail accounts. Gencel privately …
John Leyden, 13 Apr 2011
The Register breaking news

Microsoft: Mystery bug blocks Syrian secure Hotmail

Microsoft is blaming a mystery bug for preventing access to the encrypted version of Hotmail, denying that it deliberately blocked access to the service in Syria. On Friday afternoon, the company told The Reg that Hotmail users who had already enabled the HTTPS version of the popular email service were still able to use it. …
Gavin Clarke, 26 Mar 2011
The Register breaking news

Auditor to Oz PM&C: Don’t use Webmail for leaks

Australian cloud computing chauvinists are prepping the “#GovDoesn’tGetIt” hashtag after the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO), with a bit of help from the spooks in the Defence Signals Directorate, identified services like Hotmail and Gmail as key vulnerabilities in government information security. As noted many years …
The Register breaking news

Mozilla confirms Firefox 4 beta 12 is FINAL test build

Mozilla release manager Christian Legnitto confirmed in the early hours of this morning that there will be just one more beta of Firefox 4 before the upcoming but oft-delayed browser hits Release Candidate status. "I just wanted to send a quick note clarifying again that Firefox 4 beta 12 is the last planned beta," he said. " …
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Feb 2011

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