Thanks anonymous...I doubt MS will come clear about this at the moment. The talk of all the new MS-security thinking wouldn't go well with the fact that one of their more important security servers has been breached
Dear Microsoft Beta Tester,
We are contacting you as it has been brought to our attention that your password may have been compromised. As a precaution, your password has been changed and is listed below.
Upon receipt of this mail you will need to use your new password to regain access to www.betaplace.com and any private newsgroups you currently have access to. If you use .NET Passport to access BetaPlace you may need to reset your Passport account.
Please remember, your password is case sensitive and will need to be entered exactly as shown below.
We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your continued interest in testing Microsoft products.
And after reading other newsgroupmessages in the private ng's others had gotten the same mail. And www.betaplace.com was down the last 24 hours. Seems like the server keeping all the betaid's/password has been hacked/breached. Here's a post from the admins in the beta newsgroups:
We continue to experience system problems with both the Windows Beta and BetaPlace sites, and they remain down for maintenance. Thanks for your patience.
Microsoft Beta Services and the Windows Beta Teams
And from Beta Newsgroups
Dear Beta Testers,
www.BetaPlace.com is currently down for maintenance reasons. At the time of
this posting there is no ETA on when it will be back-up and running. We
will keep you posted daily.