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Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP20 May 2012 10:53 p.m. PST

Well, my son got a tweet from a friend saying that someone was "saying nasty things" about him and provided a link. So of course he clicked on it, despite my repeated warnings *never* to click on a link he didn't know. It asked for his password. So, of course, he typed it in, despite warnings not to do that. It said it "failed," and at *that* point he comes to find Dad. Groan.
So, naturally, we can't log in to his Twitter account. He's thinking he forgot the password. I'm knowing that account is looong gone. Attempts to reset the password don't generate an e-mail to my son, as they should. So I go to Twitter's website and enter my son's only e-mail address and that gives us info to *another* account in my son's name. He sees that and says, "Oh, I forgot the password to that account, so I started a new one." Groan. "I think I may have used a different e-mail account for the new one. Maybe it was your e-mail address." GROAN.

So I've sent contact form to Twitter alerting them that my son's account has been hacked, that he has a second account to add to the confusion. I have no idea what will happen next. At least he doesn't have any personal info, credit cards, bank accounts or anything like that for anyone to get. He just has friends who are going to get crude, racist messages from the hacker (the phish message includes the n-word).

If I ever meet one of these hackers, I'm going to introduce them to the business end of a baseball bat. Grrrrrrrrr.

Twisted Metal Inactive Member20 May 2012 11:34 p.m. PST

I can sympathise, I've had to clean so many family computers of viruses picked up from Facebook :/

Have you tried installing something like Web of Trust in your browser? It adds a green, yellow or red circle next to your links (a useful visual cue for emails and google searches).

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP21 May 2012 4:30 a.m. PST

Facebook, Myspace and Friendster have their adherents,
some of which are hackers.

Looks like Twitter has joined the ranks of places to

'Nuff said.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP21 May 2012 6:17 a.m. PST

Fortunately, he only uses an iPod Touch, so there's no route for a virus to enter through this method. (Yes, I am *very* happy with Apple's "walled garden" or "Vauban star fortress" as I prefer to visualize it. It ain't perfect, but it's waaaaay better than "Willynillyclickland.") So congrats to Msr. Hacker, who just phished a teenager with no money, no info, and no computer to take over. SPFFFFFFFT-BRRRAPPPP!!!! That, at least, gives me something to smile about.

richarDISNEY Inactive Member21 May 2012 8:05 a.m. PST

Oh… Yea. My kids did kinda the same thing.
Gotta love 'em.

Eclectic Wave Inactive Member21 May 2012 8:42 a.m. PST

I work in a corporate enviroment and the most commen thing we here is "You know that email with the attachment that everyone is getting, and you said not to clik on? I clicked on it."

sigh. Even when you warn them, they still do it.

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