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BuddyFuse adds support for Google Talk, Twitter
Inky says ( 07 Oct 2009 ):
BuddyFuse, a free plugin for Windows Live Messenger first released back in April has gone international! Although its initial release only provided seemless integration of Dutch social network site Hyves.nl, the new version now also offers support for Google Talk and Twitter.
Many users of Windows Live Messenger have been asking for support of other networks similar to the Yahoo! integrating added a few years ago. "The vast amount of chat and social networking services available today causes people to be 'online' on different services at different times. By adding interoperability [...] people can use an application they are already familiar with to stay in touch with all their friends, regardless of the network they are on.", says BuddyFuse cofounder Yousef El-Dardiry.
In the future the developers of BuddyFuse also plan to add support for AIM, ICQ and Facebook.
>> Visit the BuddyFuse website for more information & downloads.
Ten thousands of Windows Live ID passwords disclosed
dwergs says ( 06 Oct 2009 ):
Phishing sites have been around for ages, and Hotmail and Messenger users have always been preferred and generally easy targets (just think of the hundreds of "MSN block checker" sites). But nobody seemed to realise that hackers were sharing large lists of compromised accounts publicly, until Neowin sounded the alarm.
Microsoft today officially commented on the worrying news:
"Over the weekend Microsoft learned that several thousand Windows Live Hotmail customers’ credentials were exposed on a third-party site due to a likely phishing scheme. Upon learning of the issue, we immediately requested that the credentials be removed and launched an investigation to determine the impact to customers. As part of that investigation, we determined that this was not a breach of internal Microsoft data and initiated our standard process of working to help customers regain control of their accounts. (...) we are taking measures to block access to all of the accounts that were exposed and have resources in place to help those users reclaim their accounts."
Microsoft advises everyone who believes their information was exposed on one of the lists to fill out this form to reclaim access to your account. In the meantime, everyone is advised to change their passwords and keep doing so regularly.
>> Watch Neowin's Tom Warren on BBC News.
>> Watch Hitler's reaction to the news of his Hotmail password being leaked on the Interwebs.
>> Check if your password has been exposed at WasIPhished.com (don't worry, it does nothing but search your account in the published list).
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