I just received a notification from Microsoft that my Microsoft account has been blocked because it's been accessed by an IP address that's never accessed it before. I received this notification as a text from a number that has texted me before about Microsoft Live-related stuff, then as an email from
email@example.com less than a minute later, so I can be reasonably sure this comes directly from Microsoft. When I traced the problem back, I found out, using
speedguide.net, that the IP address, 18.104.22.168, is currently, when I'm asking this question, at Beacon, New York, and that it is allocated to Google. This is backed up by a couple other Google search results for the IP range
209.85.x.x. I think this is Google trying to get my MSN email to show it in my linked Gmail account.
This brings up a couple questions:
Is there another reason Microsoft blocked this address, besides it being a "new" address?
Should I be worried? Could this actually be a Google employee and not an automated script, etc.? Worse, could it be someone pretending to be Google?
If it is indeed from Google getting my email for my linked email address, why didn't Microsoft block the IP addresses Google used before this one? If it is the same address Google used before, why is Microsoft suddenly blocking it?
Why does Google need my username and password to get my email? Why not use a cookie or something?
I changed the password for my Microsoft account some months or years ago, but I never told Google the new password. Now, I still get some MSN emails through both addresses, but not all. If this is why this "breach" happened, because Google has tried my password too many times, why has it taken so long for Google to try it so many times?