I am sure quite a few MS passwords are "Wind0ws" or "3xchange", simple.
Window cleaners simply do not have the intellect for anything more fancy.
Entities claiming to represent the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) have hacked Skype's social media presences and used them to post anti-Microsoft messages. Here's one of the defacements, from Skype's Twitter account. A Skype Tweet composed by a hacker Hi! Microsoft here. Don't use our stuff. Really. Take our word for it. …
> Window cleaners simply do not have the intellect for anything more fancy.
I used to be jobbing tech-support for a mix of Macs and Windows machines at a design place back in the day. The most common password was 'password'.
It turns out that utter pants-on-head stupidity is actually platform agnostic.
... who finds these childish so-called "hacking" attempts even more daft than the lack of security of the mainstream targets? Honestly, the mind boggles ... One wonders if "big money" internet media investors will ever notice that the current crop of Corporate Brass has absolutely zero clue about reality.
Until it all comes crashing down, of course. See Enron for a particularly egregious case of "I'm huge on paper ... and the sheeple are clueless! Let's fleece 'em!"
It'll all end in tears, mark my words ...
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Microsoft began imploding some time back. (I.E. when the warring fiefdoms started to generate more chaos through internecine fighting than the executive could generate order.) But it takes a hell of a long time for a company the size of Microsoft to evaporate...and they've a number of business units doing quite well, thanks.
Also: "Microsofts" should be "Microsoft's". I know that's pedantry, but the inability to grok possessive apostrophes is one of the few grammar mistakes that truly irks me.
Couldn't they draw attention to the linux situation? Skype used to be just as stable and reliable under linux as windows, but since the Microsoft aquisition, just as many predicted, the linux version has turned to crap. It generally works for text, if you don't mind a random freeze from time to time and dropped messages on occasion (which it does warn you of), but try to run audio and you'll be lucky to get five minuts before it crashes. That's if you can get audio at all. I've got Skype on three linux machines running two distros and experience the same problem on them all, and a quick google search tells I am one of many.
Skype used to be just as stable and reliable under linux as windows, but since the Microsoft aquisition, just as many predicted, the linux version has turned to crap
That's the way MS works. To me, they're the RyanAir of the software world, given what they did to Visio (and even their own Office product) - it almost seems deliberately malicious towards customers.
But hey, we switched to OSX where there is such a thing as Omnigraffle. Oh, and for Office? We use LibreOffice as standard. We have one (1) copy of MS Office in the office in case we receive docs from a 3rd party or need to export other than PDF, but otherwise it's all LibreOffice.
As for Skype, well, it's a mess
"As for Skype, well, it's a mess"
Well guess what, you'll find that nearly every on-line provider "reads" the logs and posts. It's how a lot detect spam, if you have an email coming from 10,000 locations, without "reading" the mail, how do you detect those 10,000 mail's are the same.
And here is some news....MS BOUGHT the product, just as Apple could of done, Google could of done, even you at home could of done if you had the cash. Now this MAY come as a surprise, but if it costs more in time and effort, or doesn't fit in with with how they want the product ultimately to perform, they will dump the platform. It called business. The hallowed Google, blessed be thy name, are guilty of the same practises, as are most other companies.
Any business that buys a product for a stupid amount of money, then doesn't try to get a return on investment won't be around for long. Like it or not Linux is a VERY small percentage of the desktop / laptop platform (Skype works fine on my Android), so doesn't make much sense, especially when you are aiming to integrate with Office / Lync, which will bring you in a lot of money.
I applaud you for your pedantic correction of the English language, but over here we don't say Jan 2nd, it's 2nd Jan - smallest unit first, just like dd/mm/yy rather than the backward mm/dd/yy
I hate that Hollywood film adverts are changing our language - "a Jerry Bruckheimer film, coming October 2nd...", grrrrrrr, noooo, FUCK OFFFFFFF
It's dot, dot, dot, not a whole fecking line of them.
How hard would it have been to start a sentence with the word "Three" instead of a number?
Your second and third sentences should be separated with a comma not a full stop, that way they will be grammatically correct and read better to boot!
"then doesn't try to get a return on investment won't be around for long. Like it or not Linux is a VERY small percentage of the desktop / laptop platform (Skype works fine on my Android), so doesn't make much sense, especially when you are aiming to integrate with Office / Lync, which will bring you in a lot of money."
Main message is not to put your trust/future/business in hock to any one system.
( I say this as someone with £6.53 in my Skype account and no other MS dependence )
We've run Skype on Windows and Linux, and we've found that the connection is quite flaky on the Windows machine (an admittedly ancient laptop) but consistently decent on the small embedded board running Ubuntu.
It's not stellar on either of them but I suspect this is more down to network configuration/broadband speeds than anything to do with Skype itself.
The only issues I ever have is with PulseAudio config, not Skypes fault at all. Been running it for a couple of years now on OpenSuse for voice and text on pretty much a daily basis. It's almost surprising how stable it is (IMO) given that it was pretty ropey before that. The only issue I can think of is that when someone on Windows calls me sometimes it disconnects after 10 seconds and mine automatically redials them back. That was introduced with an update with the Windows version though I seem to recall. I'm not sure if I've ever seen it crash?
But... It doesn't let me know about new versions and I don't check very often, so if a new one has come out in the last 6 months or so that shows the behaviour you mention then maybe I should carry on with my version. And if that is the case, I recommend downgrading.
...... the marketing department. Having worked with the residents of these departments most of the time their day job seemed to consist of who could tape their password to the top of their mac in the prettiest manner (I have to admit I was impressed by some of the blu-tac flowers). As these accounts are usually passed around the department as well they usually end up being given the simplest passwords possible.
I bet if twitter allowed/carried out a login test against all accounts using the twitter account name as password it would get well into double figures.
Hacking skype, sky, the sun etc is the equivalent of armed robbery gang targetting a pensioner or fathers for justice targetting age concern round these parts.
snowden say's....yes, something we all have known for years and only people who believed silk road was annonymous thought...
try hacking something worthwhile for your cause like the UN sanctions comittee or NORAD
Then you may get taken seriously
Skype is Totaly shit
Couple of days ago skype on windows signed me out when i went to sign back in it refused to recognize my ms logon It sugested i reset my password
now i can log on to hotmail useing same password ect but not SKANK/SKYPE
Its Fucking crap Bring BACK MESSENGER
Ps i can use my android phone to log on to skank skype using my hotmail logon and password but windows version refuse's to accept same logon.password
How fucked up is that
I have tried to use Skype on my Asus laptop, to date I have tried to install it three times, each time it just freezes up as soon as I open Skype.
I never liked it much before on my other machines but with the Asus it is post MS takeover, no idea what they have done to it but as some one above said bring back messenger!
It will refuse passwords longer than 16 characters. It will refuse password containing "special" characters like an hyphen (!). You wonder how MS protects your passwords and how good is the password management code is, if it can't handle long password and "special" characters - and if they even use reversible encryption instead of hashes.
No surprise Skype accounts were taken over...