01.20.10

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“Technet.microsoft.com Hacked”

Posted in Mail, Microsoft, Security, Windows at 4:56 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: More security breaches in Microsoft’s own back yard; Hotmail abandonment further advocated

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echnet.microsoft.com hacked,” says a reader to us via E-mail, but he probably means “cracked”. According to the screenshots presented here, it is akin to defacing and it sure looks embarrassing for a company which claims to produce the “most secure” everything.

Rogue on-line pharmacy sites, claiming to sell legitimate medicine to naive shoppers, continue to be a problem. This quick note is about one approach used to insert advertisements into forum discussions that completely cover up the legitimate discussion page.

This is a normal type of event. There are many other examples of Microsoft sites getting cracked, more times than one can conveniently list here. The same goes for Apple. By contract, Google’s main site never suffered a security breach (none that people are aware of) and the same goes for Red Hat, unlike Fedora.

Another service of Microsoft which falls victim to crackers on a regular basis would be Hotmail (Gmail accounts were accessed illegally due to Windows malware, even this month [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7]). Hotmail failures are a very broad subject that we’ve covered in, e.g.:

Here is a new essay giving 10 reasons not to use Hotmail. This may be handy for those whose friends, colleagues or family members are still stuck with Microsoft’s Hotmail.

10 reasons why not to use Hotmail

Did you ever try to explain to a friend why he or she shouldn’t use Hotmail? There are many good reasons to avoid Microsoft’s services, but these reasons are not so easy to explain in a clear and unambiguous way.

People who care about the security of their E-mail would trust Microsoft for nothing.

“Like almost everyone who uses e-mail, I receive a ton of spam every day. Much of it offers to help me get out of debt or get rich quick. It would be funny if it weren’t so irritating.”

Bill Gates

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4 Comments

  1. NotZed said,

    January 20, 2010 at 5:42 pm

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    Well to be more precise, the shoddy forum software has been used to hijack browsers.

    Allowing a browser the ability to change the content of a whole page with a simple tag overlay for content from another location does seem like an accident waiting to happen. Is that the price we have to pay for the ‘convenience’ of bloated/slow ‘RIA’s?

    Still, any forum still accepting any HTML as input in this day and age is pretty dumb. Even a simple IMG tag is enough to deface a site in embarrassing ways.

    Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    Yes, that’s why I put it in quotes. Nonetheless it’s a security issue.

  2. TheTruth said,

    January 20, 2010 at 7:04 pm

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    yes, it’s almost as embarrasing as all the FOSS/ Linux OSS or whatever you call it today, web sites being defaced or hacked.

    Notably, Apache web site with it’s famous breach, where the hackers were even able to modify source code in repos, and could of easily sliped in something.

    But if you care to look, ( and you dont because that would be research, and balance in reporting). You would find Linux, and you’re loved OSS can and do get hacked into all the time.

    BTW: I thought google was you’re FOSS lovechild, how is it possible for google to be hacked, after all they are experts at operating system design, writing application, and supposed to be the leaders in “the cloud”.

    And we find good holding IP, on unpatched Windows XP machines running IE6.

    SHAME ON GOOGLE, for being so pathetic, and shame on ROYfor being so pathetic as well.

    And the only cult you know about ROY is the “Cult of BN”, for which you are the leading troll, and propagandaist.

    But dont believe me, just look up what propaganda is and you will see “refer to ROY”. But seriously, do you think you are helping FOSS, or just trying to boost you’re own deflated ego ?

    It’s so funny when jono asked you WHY you do this, and you mumbled some almost incomprehensible answer with something like “well they did it first”.

    You’re the laughing stock of the FOSS world, and you constantly go after people who actually contribute to FOSS.

    Something you DO NOT DO, you simply are not skilled or smart enough to contribute to FOSS, plus you’re just so full or hate. You and you’re merry band of extremeists and hate group cultists.

    the sooner you grow up and enter the real world the better, allthough i doubt you will be able to deal witht he real world when you finally come out from under mom’s dress.

    All you constantly show people is how bitter, immature, purile, hatefull, vile and just down right disgusting.
    All so you can be a “big name” for you’re ‘friends’ and fellow cultists.

    Get a job ROY, if ANYONE would hire you, (apart from McDonalds).

    I wonder what you could of achieved if you had of spent the past 3 years working on a FOSS project, or something to make foss better, instead of turning vast numbers of people AWAY from foss, because alot of people think the likes of you ROY, do vastly more damage to FOSS then you do to MS.

    Everyone in the industry points this out, even Jono asked you about it, and you mumbled some almost inconprehensible answer about “they did it first” crap.

    So you come across as a spoilt 7 year old, who did not get his way.
    and you’re destroyed you’re reputation FOR EVER, when it comes to you’re personal life, the chances of you ever getting a profile or public job, or any job IMO, is almost zero, as soon as people see you for the peice of crap and bile you are.

    But good luck with that ROY, you’re screwed up you’re life, reputation, with you’re HATE CULT… and you appear too stupid to even realise the consequences of you’re actions, and lies.

    Mikko Reply:

    Trolling not allowed please leave!

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