Can Hotmail get any worse?

My Windows Live account has been hacked into. Dozens of emails were sent to recipients as listed in my contacts list with the following:-

From: arthuroon@hotmail.com
Subject: Hope to hear from you soon!
Date: Fri, 12 Jun 2009 16:14:15 +0200
Hope to hear from you soon!
i would like to introduce a good company who trades mainly in electornic products.
Now the company is under sales promotion,all the products are sold nearly at its cost.
They provide the best service to customers,they provide you with original products of
good  quality,and what is more,the price is a surprising happiness to you!
It is realy a good chance for shopping.just grasp the opportunity,Now or never!
The web address: (www.elecshopcn.com)

You can spot the following symptoms in your email account:

spamwork

(1) Dozens of emails with the same title sent to virtually everyone in your contacts list. An advertising attempt by the hacker that ranks amongst the most shameful. Don’t click on the link given!

spamwork2

(2) Obviously, some email addresses in your contacts list are obsolete. So, with the incredible volume of emails sent out, some are bound to hit the spam filter or the dead link. You’ll spot the message delivery failure in your inbox soon after.

(3) The Windows Live administrators are aware of this. You may read about it here. But they aren’t doing anything.

In case anyone of you experienced this and have received my “email” – please be informed that this is a case of spam and certainly not my style of advertising. My methods would be way cooler than this – complete with flash animation and pretty pictures to look at. And look – even there are blatant grammar mistakes and even the caps and sentence structure are dead wrong – totally against my principles of delivering, as far as humanly possible, impeccable text to my audience. I know that the hacker is from the UK so I’ll deliver this to you upfront : there can also only be one Artur V and only one who is privileged to use that name and that is me.

Still, there was something positive which came out of this. My buddy from high school saw “my email” and decided to respond to it and exchanged news. We haven’t met for close to 7 years and he probably saw that my account is still active – I don’t suppose that he thinks that I intended that “message” and that “advertising”. Yea, so life has a funny way of bumping you around thoughtlessly but there’s always something to gain from it.  

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