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Outlook.com claims my account has been doing creepy things, so to verify that you may or may not be a creepy person who knows how to use a phone, we need your phone number.

(Never mind that the only thing I’ve done with the account is send a test email to one of my other addresses and the password is a mile long thanks to 1Password)

Ok, fine.

Outlook.com needs to send my number—which in no way, shape, or form could be a throwaway from Google Voice or a trillion other services—a verification code. Sure, send it.

Never arrives.

Send again.

Nope.

Once more.

Sorry you’ve sent too many codes, now you’re double extra locked out with a cherry on top.

Whether it’s the Chinese army or someone else, it’s starting to sound like these people took “hack the planet” a bit literally:

reuters:

EXCLUSIVE: Apple said it was attacked by hackers who infected “small number” of its Mac computers. Apple says the hackers also hit Facebook and other small companies.
Apple says there is “no evidence that any data left Apple,” adding that the company is working with law enforcement to identify hackers. More soon on Reuters.com.

Whether it’s the Chinese army or someone else, it’s starting to sound like these people took “hack the planet” a bit literally:

reuters:

EXCLUSIVE: Apple said it was attacked by hackers who infected “small number” of its Mac computers. Apple says the hackers also hit Facebook and other small companies.

Apple says there is “no evidence that any data left Apple,” adding that the company is working with law enforcement to identify hackers. More soon on Reuters.com.

One risk to the undisclosed sharing noted by Nolan was that, “with the information I have available to me through the checkout portal I could track down and harass users who left negative reviews or refunded the app purchase.”

A greater risk its that, with millions of names being distributed to every vendor of paid apps on Google Play, the likelihood of a security breach through malware becomes very high. Customers who entrusted their details to Google are now having their information spread across a variety of developers who may not even have a security policy.

AppleInsider: Google asks journalists to tone done story of “massive” Google Play security flaw