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Hacked!

Posted on Wednesday, October 6, 2010 in Conlangers, Rant

Today, I unfortunately had both my Gmail and Yahoo hacked. If you received an email from me saying that I was stranded in the UK, I apologize for the inconvenience…even though I really had nothing to do with it. Anyway, you get the idea. It’s been highly, excruciatingly inconvenient but it doesn’t appear (as of right now) that anything major was compromised. Still working through the Google mess. As a matter of fact, I’m writing this post just to re-assure myself that the blog still works.

One rather unexpected silver lining was that I actually got an email in my work Inbox from one of our prominent conlang community members living in Europe asking where I was and if he could help. I emailed (from that account) to let him know I was still in the US and had been hacked. He was somewhat amused at the creative lengths to which these people will go to get money and also wished me luck in resolving this. I was impressed that he took the time to contact me. Not only are conlangers erudite, but, gosh darn it, if they aren’t awfully nice people, too.

Thanks for listening, and don’t forget to keep those passwords, et al., battened down.

Bring on the comments

  1. Sai says:

    FWIW: multiple accounts compromised = probably you have a malicious keylogger on one or more of your computers.

    I strongly advise you immediately
    1. get someone who knows what they’re doing to definitively find and destroy the virus/trojan responsible
    2. change ALL your passwords (not just email, everything)

    Do #2 from a known secure computer – NOT your current ones – and don’t use the new passwords on your current ones have been scrubbed.

  2. Esploranto says:

    Amen for that last line, brother! Amen!

  3. The Conlanging Librarian says:

    Thanks, Sai. Actually I can easily figure out how they got both email accounts without any keylogger. I have had someone walk me through the process of scanning viruses, etc. I have also changed *all* my passwords. What a mess! …but it could have been much worse. I’m still mostly holding my breath, but beginning to breath a little bit now.
    Amen, Esploranto, amen.

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