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||simmonm||Microsoft||Microsoft||3 years ago||
||simmonm||Apple||Hardware||4 years ago||
||simmonm||General Discussion||Hardware||4 years ago||
So here’s a strange one. I thought I’d post here to get some opinions besides my own on this. I’ll try to be concise as possible, if anyone wants more info feel free to ask.
I was notified yesterday by Microsoft of unusual activity on my account. The notification came up as soon as I used the default Mail.app on MacOS. The activity shows an IP address that goes back to the UK Ministry of Defence.
For the last week I’ve been out of town (went to Florida) and this is the first time I launched the mail app on the mac in 8 days. I accessed my Microsoft account while I was gone both on an iPad and iPhone mainly via Verizon Wireless. I can’t recall if I did use public wife and/or if I accessed mail or not, I don’t think I did but am leaving it open as a possibility. I think the trip may just be a red herring in this story because I find it strange that the notification came up the moment I used the mail app on my desktop.
Since the notification I enabled 2 factor authentication (yes I wasn’t using it) and changed my password. There was a second time the account was accessed after this (4:24pm) and then it hasn’t been access since.
I did some searching and you will find others with a similar story to my own, mostly from a couple years ago. I also turned up this Register article from 2015 that says the UK Ministry of Defence sold some of their IP4 addresses and they names were not updated. Is it possible 4 years later that they are still incorrect?
Few other items
1) All the activity seems to be grouped under “Automatic Sync” for IMAP.
2) I am located in the US and have never traveled to the UK.
3) I don’t run any non-standard mail clients, although I had briefly tested some out (AirMail for iOS comes to mind).
4) I don’t have my account checked from any other service.
5) I don’t work in an industry that requires any background check, etc.
My current best guess is that my password for the account somehow got out there and that I spammer is impersonating me.
Just curious, is anyone using any hardware printer servers to enable AirPrint for older printers or do you have experience with any? I’ve got a 10 year old HP laser I want to enable for AirPrint so my wife can print from her iPad. There are several software solutions out there. Ideally I’d like to find a physical print server in the $50-$80 range. Lantronix makes one, but it’s $200+ and geared for offices. I also found this one on Amazon by Hawking, but the reviews are not that great.
I am trying to recall the name of a peripheral I use to have for my C64 in the 1980s. I believe it was called Exchange or X-Change. You hooked it up to your cable TV service and it would decode a signal that would allow you to capture wire news service. You connected it to the C64 via RS-232, I believe. I think it was a one time purchase, you bought the box and that was it. I want to say the box was made by somebody like Jerrold or another box manufactured from the 80s. Anyone remember this? I’d like to see if I can find anything online about it but haven’t had much luck and wonder if I have the name even right.
Edit/Update: I lived in the United States, Ohio at the time. I can’t recall what cable company we used back then. The box didn’t come from the cable company, I believe you had to order it and your cable company had to transmit the signal (anyone remember getting FM over cable, it was sort of like that) I want to say I purchased this in about 1986 or 1987, the box was the size of a cable box but was much lighter weight. I remember after I owned one, seeing a write up about the device in at least one Commodore magazine at the time. I later got an Amiga 500 and I think it worked with that too, but I am not 100% sure. Finally the software was similar to RSS where you could subscribe to different topics and the device would catch them and show them in a reader. I am having a hard time remembering if you had to have the computer always running to get stories throughout the day or just the device. It was just an odd device for the time and I recently recalled it and wanted to try to read up on it if I i could.