Wednesday, February 16, 2011


Back in December I got a warning notice from gmail that one of my accounts registered some unusual activity from someone in China. Google suggest I change my password and I did. A couple months go by so I figured I'd switch back to my former password because I liked it better than the other one I was using. Sure enough the hackers got right back in with the old password and emailed everyone in my address book.

I got dozens of messages from the readers reporting the hack to me. I immediately went in and changed the password and I exported all the email addresses into a spread sheet and deleted them from gmail. Hopefully this will be the last of it. I'm sorry if you were on the list, but I'm doing what I can to keep it from ever happening again.


Blogger Donna said...

I knew it wasn't like you to be selling something. Or if you WERE selling something, I think it would have been something a little more interesting.

4:16 AM  
Blogger darev2005 said...

When I read that email from you I thought "Either he's been snorting Liquid Wrench again or he's got a virus." After a bit of mental rock paper scissors I figured you'd been hacked.

6:16 AM  
Anonymous F. Lee said...

I went ahead and ordered something something off your ad, Guy. I got the combination Viagara and Laxative-since I've been taking it I don't know if I'm coming or going. Thanks a lot!

7:11 AM  
Anonymous Uncle Walt said...

This is funny, 'cause I was thinking about this topic the other day. How we always hear of "hacker bases/schools" in countries like China or the Czech Republic ... so why don't WE, the good ol' USofA, with our supercomputers, have some? We always hear how the Defense Department is constantly facing computerized attacks. If there's one thing our technological superiority should be good for, it's to counterattack hackers.

9:27 AM  
Blogger Guy said...

Donna, like Ipad apps ; )

Darev, Happens to the best of us, and it was my fault since I went back to the old password that had been hacked.

F. Lee, you crack me up.

Walt, we do and it's called the Pentagon and the NSA, but their sinister hacking doesn't include ads for Viagra, replica watches or fake college degrees. They play for keeps.

9:46 AM  
Blogger Tango said...

Good idea about the spread sheet. :)

5:49 PM  
Blogger g said...

I got a message from you that I suspected was forged but I totally forgot to tell you! sorry!!

if you are the forgetful sort like me, there is a great program that keeps your passwords called Lastpass. You log into it with one password and once you do, allows autofill for your various passwords. I'd be lost without it! It works great with chrome and firefox.

7:22 PM  

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