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Hackers are using people's email addresses

MarkJFine
Professor

Hackers are using people's email addresses

Received three emails in succession from a peer-to-peer energy transfer site: account notification, account verification, and a welcome email all in a matter of seconds of each other.

 

I quickly went to the site and reset whatever password was set to make sure it doesn't get used, and so they can't just recreate a new account with the same email.

 

Upon re-logging in after establishing the new password, they asked to resend an email verification, which I guess they never initially received - and that's a good thing.

 

Hackers have been targeting automated signup routines in websites for a long time, but this is the first time I've actually caught one using my email address and a phony password in the process.

 

This is truly scary stuff.


* Disclaimer: I am a HughesNet customer and not a HughesNet employee. All of my comments are my own and do not necessarily represent HughesNet in any way.
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maratsade
Distinguished Professor IV

Re: Hackers are using people's email addresses

That stinks. 

GabeU
Distinguished Professor IV

Re: Hackers are using people's email addresses

I had my email hacked a few years back.  It was my own fault, as I was using a weak password.  Now, even though I change the password on a regular basis and to something that would probably take the greatest password cracker in the world weeks to figure out, if not months, my email address is still spoofed, and sometimes back to me.  

 

There's nothing I can do about it now, and the only option I really have if I ever want to truly not deal with it anymore is create a new email address.  And, in reality, I should.  It just stinks as I've had my email address since 1998.  Smiley Sad  


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maratsade
Distinguished Professor IV

Re: Hackers are using people's email addresses

"something that would probably take the greatest password cracker in the world weeks to figure out, if not months, "

 

What if they use brute force?  I was told once that there are tools that can crack any password. 

GabeU
Distinguished Professor IV

Re: Hackers are using people's email addresses


@maratsade wrote:

"something that would probably take the greatest password cracker in the world weeks to figure out, if not months, "

 

What if they use brute force?  I was told once that there are tools that can crack any password. 


They probably can, but the longer and more complex it is the harder it is.  Mine's presently 16 characters and uses upper case and lower case letters, numbers and symbols in no discernible order.  

 

Granted, my statement about how long it would take is an exaggeration, but my password is a bit more complex than "Password12345".  Smiley Tongue  


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maratsade
Distinguished Professor IV

Re: Hackers are using people's email addresses

"but my password is a bit more complex than "Password12345". "

 

That's my password for everything!  LOL

GabeU
Distinguished Professor IV

Re: Hackers are using people's email addresses

I used "dude" for a password on a site I really didn't care about a couple of years ago.  And the worst part is the fact that the website actually allowed me to use a four character password, and just lowercase letters.  

 

It wasn't a time when I used my normal email address for the account sign up.  


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maratsade
Distinguished Professor IV

Re: Hackers are using people's email addresses

"I used "dude" for a password on a site I really didn't care about a couple of years ago."

 

CIA level stuff, man.  LOL

 

I use very long passwords if allowed, but many places don't let you use anything longer than 8 characters. 

GabeU
Distinguished Professor IV

Re: Hackers are using people's email addresses


@maratsade wrote:

 

 

I use very long passwords if allowed, but many places don't let you use anything longer than 8 characters. 


It's very annoying.  Many don't allow you to use characters other than letters and numbers, either.  They need to get with 2018.  


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maratsade
Distinguished Professor IV

Re: Hackers are using people's email addresses

That annoys me too, because I use characters.  I don't know why some places don't allow them.  I know nothing about this stuff, so I wonder, is it more expensive or cumbersome to the site to allow long passwords and the use of characters?

 

 


@GabeU wrote:

.  Many don't allow you to use characters other than letters and numbers, either.  They need to get with 2018.