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  • Friday night news dump: Microsoft says a compromised support agent’s credentials were used to hack into Outlook.com accounts earlier this year

    Posted on April 13th, 2019 at 11:51 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    From Tom Warren on The Verge:

    Microsoft has started notifying some Outlook.com users that a hacker was able to access accounts for months earlier this year. The software giant discovered that a support agent’s credentials were compromised for its web mail service, allowing unauthorized access to some accounts between January 1st and March 28th, 2019. Microsoft says the hackers could have viewed account email addresses, folder names, and subject lines of emails, but not the content of emails or attachments.

    And of course we’re only hearing about that this morning — two weeks after the hack stopped.

    There’s a reason why Microsoft has PR people embedded throughout the organization. I’m just waiting for the first virus announcement with a fancy name and custom logo.

  • Update on the Windows Secrets merge

    Posted on April 13th, 2019 at 10:25 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    We have more than 100,000 user accounts transferred from Windows Secrets to AskWoody. They’re in place right now and, by all appearances, working fine. For those of you looking for your WS account, check out the Windows Secrets landing page. Your old ID should be available here, with “WS” stuck on the front of it. For example, if you had the Windows Secrets account BillGates, it’ll be here as WSBillGates. We DIDN’T bring over passwords. You’ll have to reset your password before you can sign in to your WS account. See the landing page for details.

    (If you had the foresight to match up your email address on both sites, you’re already set – everything is being merged into your AskWoody account. Also, those of you who are still using an email address as your AskWoody username, I can switch you over but it’s going to take longer. There’s a reason why I’ve been warning you about it! Priority goes to helping folks get their Windows Secrets accounts shaken out.)

    At this moment we have about 20,000 Topics — questions, mostly – that are up and available on AskWoody. BUT… they’re only Topics, not the discussion/posts associated with the Topics (the posts are called “Replies” in bbPress). The Replies come later, after we have all of the Topics in place. There’s a ton of ’em — almost 1,000,000. It’s going to take a while.

    You may have noticed that the numbers in the Forum list, down at the bottom on the right side, are swelling. Those Topics are filling right up.

    If you’re signed up for notifications when there are changes to a Forum or Topic, hold your breath. We turned those off, temporarily, so you don’t get inundated with ancient relics.

    After the Topics and Replies are all merged, we still need to get the old Windows Secrets Newsletters set up. That’s going to take some custom work, so it won’t happen over night. (I hope we can handle Susan’s Patch Watch lists the same way.) I also have a customization ticket in to the devs to get Reply attachments working better.

    And then comes the indexing.

    We’ve hit a few minor problems, and the site’s been slow, but so far everything seems to be on track. There will be a big sweep of changes after that ol’ whale’s swallowed but for now, you should be able to use AskWoody.com as usual.

    Remember: CustomerSupport@AskWoody.com. It’s gonna be a loooooooong weekend.

  • Missing the deleted Microsoft TechNet and MSDN blogs? They’re all available, archived on OneDrive.

    Posted on April 13th, 2019 at 07:56 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Microsoft recently deleted all of the old Office 2010, Windows 7 and Windows 8 blogs – along with dozens of additional oldies but goodies. (OK, I have a visceral reaction to Steve Sinofsky’s posts, but I’m not complainin’.) Even Michael Niehaus’s old blogs are there. Mark Russinovich’s.

    Ever wondered about Error 0xC0000034 during Service Pack 1 installations for Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2? Yep. Gotcha covered.

    Anonymous Coyote not only archived them before they were yanked, he (she? it?) has posted an archive of all of the blogs in both HTML and PDF format. On OneDrive, of all things.

    An amazing resource, just in case.

    Thx, @h0x0d