Breaking: Microsoft Store India has been hacked! (Update: Database hacked, Passwords exposed)

We just got tipped by Aman that Microsoft India store has been hacked. I just checked it a minute back and he was right. It has been hacked. This is the homepage at this moment (10:00 PM IST):


As you can see from the image above, it has been hacked by EvilShadow team – 7z1&Ancker. From the tiny little flag and blog links, it looks like the hackers are from China. Their motivation is unknown at this point.

From 7z1′s blog:

 ”Do not explain, line and over ~ 

The reason for this hack hasn’t been stated but they have managed to upload a file called evil.html which says “Unsafe system will be baptized”.
Also worth noting is that you can browse the rest of the website by going to their category directly.
Stay tuned, we’ll keep you update on this and will get Microsoft’s word on this.
Update: This is huge guys. This is terrible news. Database of MS Store India has been exploited as well and the worst has happened. The passwords were saved in plain text. Yes, the scale of damage is far more than we initially assumed.
Read more in detail here : hackteach
(image has been removed, sorry for the delay.)

Note – If you have registered at Microsoft India Store at any point of time, I strongly urge you to change your password right now. It’s extremely crucial you do that right away.

Update 2: Looks like Microsoft is back in control of the website. It’s up and running, displaying the following message:

The Microsoft Store India is currently unavailable. Microsoft is working to restore access as quickly as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.



Carbon for Windows Phone now available in marketplace

Carbon for Windows Phone has finally arrived in Windows Phone marketplace after a series of roadblacks with certifications but they have finally managed to get Carbon on the marketplace.

Developers of Carbon Windows Phone are releasing v1.1 and they will push v1.2 on February 15th which will include a bunch of new features.

Here’s what you can expect in v1.1 (via Official Blog Post):

  • Full inline Pictures on the Timeline(needs to be enabled from settings)
  • Double Tap on tweets for quickly replying to tweets without the need to leave timelines
  • Quickline: A swiss army timeline for accessing all kinds of timelines from Lists, Retweets, Saved Searches.
  • Live Ties for every account, pinnable to the Home Screen with Mentions & Direct Messages background checks
  • Compose Tile, pinning a compose tile on the Home Screen for a speedy tweet composition
  • Search Tiles, pin a #hashtag or keywords to your home screen for quick access to a search timeline
  • Threaded Direct Messages View
  • And of course, Pro URL shortening, Read Later support(Instapaper & Read It Later) and a lot more…

So we have another strong contendor for best Twitter app on Windows Phone. Mehdoh is stealing the show at the moment, big reason is that it’s free, while Rowi is the most popular paid Twitter app. Carbon is a paid app as well and will give both the Twitter app a hard time. It’s good to see a popular Web OS app finally making it’s way to the Windows Phone ecosystem. Download the application from the link below:

Carbon for Windows Phone