Wednesday, September 23, 2009

GMail hijacking

So my email account has been compromised. I don't know how, but what I do know is I'm locked out.  I'm working on it with google, but the short version of the story is this:  someone sent out an email to everyone in my contacts list saying I need money to get home from london.  I'm not in london.  i don't need money.  Ignore this and any other emails that don't sound like me.

7 comments:

dan said...

I feel for ya, not a pleasant experience. Sounds similar to the facebook london scam

Were you implying that gmail security sucks, or their response to rectifying hacked accounts sucks?

If you use that same password anywhere else then i'd aver it was lifted from there. The gmail team aren't total donkeys :)

Ethan Vizitei said...

I was disappointed by the response, the security breaks happen sometimes. There's no-one to call, you have to fill out a form, it takes time for their automated process to go through. Makes you long for a vendor with whom you have an SLA, but then you have to PAY. So, it's a trade off, and I'll be sticking with GMail.

Marci said...

neat. I was really going to send you $2200 or whatever I could afford, too.

Marci said...

wait. do you mean I can ignore this now? it really doesn't sound like you. Maybe because I am reading it too slow.
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Yeah, that's it. Just read it really fast and with lots of energy and it does sound like you.

Dan Watt said...

How about you wire me $1000 first, and if that looks good, I can wire you back this $420,420,420 (more than enough to cover your expenses) that I inherited from the king of some African nation.

I kid…. My wife had her gmail account hacked once too – I got a popup on Gmail chat from her asking what our credit card number was.

Ethan Vizitei said...

Very funny, Marci. ;)

@Dan that one with your wife was quite clever, I think I actually might have fallen for that one.

Dan Watt said...

Indeed it was. The only thing that prevented me from typing a response was the fact that my wife doesnt know that Google has a built in IM client.

It took us several days and several steps of verification (including me finding the original invite I sent her to Gmail) to get her account access restored.