Something very fishy was happening with my yahoo email account….. My phone kept showing “incorrect password… verification failed” over – and over- and over – …
I don’t consider myself easily alarmed so this sort of thing frightened me a little. I went to the setting on my phone and erased my yahoo account from there. I guess I thought it was just the phone access point that hackers were trying to breach.
Ohhhhh – how wrong was I….
So needless to say, about a month later – just long enough for whomever to run their non-stop cryptography programs – EVERYONE in my yahoo address book received an email which described me as robbed and stranded in Kasigstan or Stochlinoyevski
needing $2,750.20. Now, trust me, it’s not that I don’t want to visit what are probably utterly beautiful and exotic (for me) lands, far far away.
BUT… I’m not there right now, and I wasn’t then. No one robbed me, or kidnapped me and I don’t know why I would need the extra 0.20 cents,
though I’m reasonably certain I could find a way to put the $2,750 to good use……….
Truly worse than the email was the outcome of the hackers stealing my entire address book, my “sent” files, and basically rendering my email useless. I was incapable of not only warning everyone but I also was no longer receiving emails or able to operate from the program at all. I was lost in an strange universe. A dimension unknown to me…
or perhaps just a part of south Florida I had not yet visited….
Fortunately my back up email was untouched and I quickly changed the passwords to every account I own. Which – by the way – needs to be over 15 characters long, include one or more capitals, make a few of them numbers, at least one unusual character, no spaces… in case you’re interested in protecting your own email (and other) accounts.
I don’t know what other fallout there will be from the incident, but if I may say, the violation, embarrassment and frustration I felt couldn’t come close to the amazing recognition and awareness of my friendships!!! I must have received what seemed like HUNDREDS of phone calls, texts and one-on-one warnings that my email was compromised and that they would still be happy to help me out if I were in fact in Kiev and in trouble….
I can’t tell you how uplifting it is to have a hacker poll your address book and tell you who your friends are….
(Not…) From Russia with Love,