Hi Reghakr, That sounds great - but I've faced an entirely different situation that could potentially be the 'next big thing' in 'free email account abuse'
Imagine this: My Hotmail account had been around for a few years, and hence the address was fairly much in the public realm. When one day out of the blue I tried to log in and got the notice, "too many failed attempts to log-in - please try later"
Hmm~ well interesting because I was at work and hadn't attempted to login at all. I hadn't lost or forgotten my password. I waited the 24 hours MSN support suggested to no avail. Still locked out.
My guess - some script kiddy has probably tried to hack the account to gain access. OR some looser neighbor has acquired my email address and while they eat tea attempts to enter random passwords just to keep the account locked.
So... that means anyone who knows my email address can simply just attempt to login and lock my damn account (and keep it locked
) I would prefer to have my account hacked and have them send mail on my behalf than to have some random have me locked out indefinitely.
Oh BTW going through the security option to change the password works, but the account still persists to be locked.
This would easily be scripted to harvest accounts and attempt logins NOT to gain access but to REDUCE access.