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Hotmail, Outlook.com outage enters hour 12 - Microsoft still working to fully bring services back online
This morning TechCrunch is reporting that Microsoft's Outlook.com and Hotmail email services have been down since 4:00PM EDT yesterday. That puts the services past 12 hours or so since they were last accessible.
SkyDrive and Calendar were also affected, but it appears that those services have been restored. Early speculation tied the outage to the Hotmail to Outlook.com migration, but an official statement from Microsoft denied that the migration had anything to do with the outage.
As of this posting I am unable to reach outlook.com and attempts to login to an old Hotmail account also failed. TechCrunch is reporting that the outage is not a total systems blackout though with some users still being able to reach the service.
It looks like users are experiencing some downtime to multiple Microsoft services, for the last few hours and counting. Hotmail is one of these services, and three hours without email is like a week without snail mail for some.
SkyDrive and Outlook are experiencing similar issues, with SkyDrive users having problems with file editing. Hotmail and Outlook issues seemed to be pegged on an issue not displaying all of your emails, which is, well, quite important. Microsoft have given the following statement on the problems:
Microsoft is investigating an issue affecting a small number of customers' access to Hotmail and Outlook.com, and we are working to restore full access to the service as quickly as possible. For the latest information, we encourage people to visit the Hotmail and Outlook.com status page (HTTPS://status.live.com/).
It appears Evernote are the latest in a string of attacks, with their Operations & Security team discovering, and blocking suspicious activity on their network. The attempted attack appears to be a coordinated attempt to gain access to Evernote's network.
In order to keep your data safe, Evernote have enabled a server-wide password reset - meaning that everyone will need to change their password before they log into their Evernote account. Evernote's network was compromised, with the investigation in place reporting that the hackers gained access to Evernote users' information, such as usernames, emails and even encrypted passwords. The passwords were protected by one-way encryption, which keeps them much safer than normal.
Evernote would still like to play it safe, which is where the server-wide password reset comes into play.
Facebook victim of Java zero-day exploit, admits they were hacked, no evidence user data compromised
Social media giant Facebook has said that they were hacked via a Java zero-day exploit after employees visited an infected mobile developer website back in January. Facebook has said that it does not appear that any user data was compromised and that they are working on moving away from Java.
"They gained limited visibility into our systems," Fred Wolens, a spokesperson for Facebook told VentureBeat. "We've accelerated our program to disable Java in our environment."
A patch for the bug used to compromise the fully patched laptops was issued by Oracle on February 1 after Facebook alerted them to the bug that allowed the hackers to bypass the sandbox protections. This is the latest in a string of high-profile hackings and exploits found in Java.
Many people have called for Java to be uninstalled from systems due to the frequency in which major security holes are found. The Department of Homeland Security has reiterated this recommendation.
Facebook is working with law enforcement to identify the hackers and the details. Facebook was quick to post about the hack so that other companies can protect themselves. They say that they were "not alone in this attack," though it's not clear who else has been affected by the compromise.
North Korea may have just tested a nuclear bomb, emergency Security Council meeting now happening in Seoul
It looks like things in North Korea just got a whole lot more real, as there has been a 5.1-magnitude earthquake in the country that might have been an artificial quake caused by a nuclear detonation. Reuters is reporting that a UN Security Council diplomat confirmed the nuclear test after speaking with South Korea.
An emergency Security Council meeting is currently taking place in Seoul, South Korea. Yonhap has quoted a South Korean official as stating that both the United States and China were alerted yesterday of North Korea's plans to test a nuclear device. South Korea are currently trying to figure out the source of the tremor.
An 8-magnitude earthquake has struck just off the Santa Cruz islands, after weeks of tremors. I've been reading that most sites are reporting that there have only been a few tremors, but there has been nearly two weeks of tremors averaging at 5-magnitude.
The earthquake has resulted in tsunami warnings for many places, including Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Tuvalu, New Caledonia, Kosrae, Fiji, Kiribati, Wallis and Futuna. There is also a tsunami watch in effect for American Samoa, Australia, New Zealand and eastern Indonesia. The earthquake happened at 12:12pm local time.
It struck at a depth of 5km, just off the Santa Cruz Islands, which are part of the Solomon Islands nation. The above picture shows just the last few days, where the Santa Cruz-based EQs have been rattling along for days now.
Uh oh - users based in the US might be experiencing an outage of Facebook, where the social networking site has been down for patches of US-based users, including Texas, New York and others for nearly two h ours now.
Some parts of the country are still able to access Facebook without a problem, and over here in Australia I'm experiencing no issues whatsoever. Downrightnow has given Facebook's current status as 'Likely Service Disruption', and reports that the social network has been experiencing issues since 20:00 EST.
It's ok - Facebook will be back everyone, you can sit down and relax. Everything should be back to normal in just a couple of hours.
Apple's press release has just hit the webs. Results of $54.5 billion for the quarter makes it a record. Another record, Apple posted a net profit of $13.1 billion. Along with that, Apple announced that 47.8 million iPhones were sold, 22.9 million iPads were sold, 4.1 million Macs sold, and 12.7 iPods sold.
For all you Crysis fans out there, episode 4 of the 7 Wonders series has been released today. In the episode, they introduce the Typhoon, which they bill as the "culmination of 2000 years of human warfare." This very capable gun is able to fire 500 rounds per second. It fires 10 bullets in parallel 50 times per second.
When you're heading towards an enemy with this much firepower, there isn't much the enemy will be able to do to stop you. I don't know about you, but every day that Crysis 3 gets closer to release, I get happier. Crysis 3 is set to release in the US on February 19 and in Europe on February 22.
Previously, Sprint customers only had one option when it came to insurance and extended warranties for Apple iPhones: Apple's very own AppleCare. However, a leaked internal screenshot shared anonymously with Engadget shows that starting January 25, Sprint customers will be able to purchase Total Equipment Protection (TEP) for iPhones.
The monthly charge is an additional $11 on top of your current bill and a large $150 or $200 deductible if or when your device needs to be replaced. This is opposed to AppleCare, which costs just $99 up front and a $50 deductible when a device is damaged.
I'd have to lean towards AppleCare being the better choice. However, if you can't afford that extra $99 up front, you will soon have another option.