Meanwhile, the Hotmail spokesperson is telling users that if their e-mail account is affected, that they can start using Hotmail again by simply opening a new account. Oh, yeah, that's great! I'm sure it automatically e-mails everybody you know and tells them your address has changed.
Personally I'd probably kick in a dollar or two a month if Hotmail would nuke my Hotmail Inbox for me. I was forced to subscribe to it to get on MSN Messenger (which I started using after ICQ started freaking out on me) but I have never given my Hotmail e-mail address to anyone. Nonetheless, I rack up dozens upon dozens of e-mails a week, and every last one of them is spam. If you're wondering how I know this if I don't use my Hotmail account, MSN Messenger tells you how many e-mails you have whenever you start it up.
I have to wonder how people can use Hotmail for their primary e-mail even when it's working properly. It'd drive me nuts if I actually had to worry about sorting out real e-mails in the pile of crap that is my Hotmail Inbox.