Thursday, March 1, 2012

Hacked Off

It started last night. I was lying on the couch with a glass of wine, wondering what happened to Mariska Hargitay. She used to be so pretty but now her face is like a puffy orange mask. It scares me. Step away from the botox, Detective! During a commercial, I flipped open the old iPad to check my email. But it wouldn't let me log in. Password changed 1 hour ago. What? I did not change my password an hour ago. Weird. But I reset my password and thought nothing more of it.

Until this morning, when there was an email from ebay in my inbox thanking me for changing my password. Oh crap. I reset the passwords in both of my gmails but almost as soon I changed them, they were changed again. It was a full on hijack.

I changed all the passwords on my credit card accounts, but one had already been compromised and one was locked out due to attempts. Damn! Damn damn!

This little dance of changing passwords has continued throughout the day, pissing me off more and more. I change a password. They change a password. I made a new gmail account. They hacked it in under 3 minutes. ARGH!

Finally I wised up and signed up for the two-step verification on both my gmails. It disables all computers from using your accounts - until you enter a special code. They will only send this code to my cell phone, so hopefully this does the trick and KEEPS them out. I also changed all my email recovery questions and answers, and made a hotmail account just for recovery emails. There are some more things to check and recheck, and I think I will go back and change the passwords again on my credit card accounts, just to be safe.

Moral of the story: it might be easier to have your password be the same on all accounts, but if some Indonesian a-hole gets a hold of one, you're in a world of hurt.

Stupid internet.

UPDATE: I read this great article on what to do if you're hacked, and lo and behold, the spammer was having my emails forwarded to his yahoo account. So THAT'S how he was changing my passwords. If you're hacked, check the Forwards setting to make sure the hacker hasn't added his email to it, or just disable forwarding.

The question is, now that I have his email, what should I do with it? Something evil.


  1. give it to 4chan

  2. With all due respect:

    Did you not have a problem in the eye?
    Or your TV is not defective?

    In my house, to HD picture, big screen, Mariska still stunning. His big black eyes and her smile, still more beautiful.

  3. Mariska is like wine. The more time passes it gets better. For me it is one of the most beautiful actresses in the world.
    Long live diversity. Long live the opinion of each.