Want an @live address?

Posted by absorbation on Sun 17 Dec 2006 (18:09 GMT) (3602 views)
Hurray kids, huddle around the Microsoft mistake, come quick now. Once again a 'flaw' has been discovered, this time by Chinese blogger xuybin allowing you to sign up and activate an @live address.

These types of vulnerabilities are usually fixed within a couple of days, so this could be no longer be working soon. The news originally was published December 12th, but it is only just starting to get the attention of the public. Here are the instructions of how to do so from liveside.net:

  1. Visit http://domains.live.com
  2. Choose "Get Started" then type in a domain of your choice eg 'test123.com', and press 'Continue'
  3. Choose 'Create a new Windows Live ID in your domain' then press 'Continue'
  4. In Firefox, go to 'View - Page Style - No style'
  5. Now select the @live.com domain from the drop down menu
  6. Important: To be able to receive emails to this account, you must login to mail.live.com with your new email address to activate it

This is an exploit, your account may be disabled if you signed up using this technique. However judging from past situations, this has not happened before, Microsoft tend to let you keep your account.

Source (orginal): Xu's Space
Source (orginal in english): Windows X's Shrine
Source (other): liveside.net

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