MSN acc "Unable to authenticate"

Frank Lanitz frank at
Tue Mar 13 04:51:48 EDT 2012

Am 12.03.2012 16:01, schrieb Devrim Ogun:

> I have not been using my msn messenger account for a few years.
> When I was using I was using with pidgin.
> It is on this email (xxx at xxx) which is housed on my site.
> A buddy told me that my msn messenger account is hacked.
> So I changed the password on my server.
> Then I downloaded pidgin (I am on ubuntu). When I tried to add
> the account with the new (or the old) password I am receiving the message
> "Unable to authenticate".
> It looks like these passwords are not checked against their respective
> servers
> making it quite impossible to retrieve hacked accounts.
> Could you please offer a remedy?

You should contact Microsoft as from my understanding the password is
stored on their side and independent of your mail account.


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