Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Hacked

This morning, I lay in bed thinking a while before I finally got up. I usually do.

It's sort of amazing. After a lifetime of sometimes making myself sick about what others think, I'm just...over it. All that background noise of my life has just simply stopped, and it has left me free to notice other things. It seems miraculous, and I can't explain it any better than that.

Much to my horror, I've been hacked. I discovered it when I came home from work and found a crapload of DAEMON mailer notices. (I'm not very good at keeping up with my contacts...in sorting through things, I discovered that I have a goodly share of dead people on that list.) In desperation to save you all, I printed out my contact list, and deleted it from my computer so that no matter what, at least you are not getting a flurry of e-mails from me with malicious links in them.

I then checked my virus control which assured me that everything was fine with my computer. I ran a scan anyway, and before I headed for bed, it was discovering some malware. Hopefully the problem is solved. I figure to go back in and enter my own e-mail in my contact list and see if these e-mails are still coming. If not, I'll re-enter my contact list. Leaving off the dead folks, of course.

I'm not sure where this came from. I know that I received a suspicious e-mail from my sister in law. There was no message...just a link. I didn't click on it. I received another e-mail of the same sort from a sister that I haven't heard from in a couple of years. I didn't click on that link either. Unfortunately, Tim was intrigued, and did. That may have been it. It also strikes me a suspicious that I had just opened a Google account for my tablet, and linked both the yahoo and google account. Google has had some issues.

Anyhoozle, if you receive an e-mail that purports to be from me, and it contains a link along w/ "I could hardly believe it!" or "I LOLed," do NOT click on the link, for the love of Dell. I apologize to anyone who may have been infected.

The 4:30 alarm comes pretty early, and I'm not a person to spring out of bed. I generally lay there for 15 minutes, pondering things. This morning was no different, except that after my pondering, I sat up and realized it was 2 AM. I tried to go back to sleep and could not, so my day started a little earlier than usual.

9 comments:

Snoskred said...

It is possible that you were not hacked but that these emails were "spoofed" as if they were sent from your account.

Definitely run the virus scanners etc, but you might be perfectly fine.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Email_spoofing

Caroline said...

Oh bummer! There is a free program called Malware Bytes that you can download and run. http://www.malwarebytes.org/

I would recommend you download it and run it regularly on all computers in your house. My husband had problems with his computer and this fixed it for him. They use it where I work. And where we get our computers serviced, they automatically install it and use it. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Same thing happened to me today, but I didnt know what to do so just replied back to a few people who sent it back to me and I told them it wasnt from me.I did get that one from you last week, so if you got this new one from me , it is NOT from me.Debbie L.

WhiteStone said...

Debbie, I got two emails from you. Identical. Both with a link. I did NOT click. But I think I will run a malware, anyway. I may be biased, but I think men are usually more likely to open suspicious links. lol. Hubby has problems on his puter often. I don't.

Scotty said...

I got one as well but I long ago learned to spot those so no dramas at my end, Debby.

:-)

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steviewren said...

Debbie, I got a couple of emails from you, but deleted them all. Two looked suspicious, but one said Weather in the subject line. Please resend if it was legit. I was afraid to open it to find out after reading that you had been hacked.

Debby Hornburg said...

Stevie, the weather one was legit. I can't resend. My computer has died. Thank goodness for the tablet!

rhubarbwhine.com said...

Seems to have happened to a lot of people who use 'yahoo' mail. Hope the damage is not to great, Debby. I think the feeling of a sense of 'violation' is spot on. It's like having someone ruffle through your underwear drawer - private space! :)