I debated if I should even post this. But in the end I thought it would be a good learning lesson for others. Learn from my mistakes so you dont make them yourself.
So, what happened to me? Well, my email account was hacked. This is my main google account for Voice, Picasa, Analytics, and AdSense. However, it was not my primary email account. It was however my primary account for gTalk.
The account was hacked because of 2 reasons. 1: my password was week. 2: I had not changed it in a very long time. I consider both of these to be totally my fault.
So, what did the hacker do? Well to start with they mass mailed my contacts. The email claimed I was stuck in London after being a victim of a robbery. They deleted all the email in the account, deleted all my contacts and altered account settings.
The kicker was when they got on my gTalk account. They were trying to get money from friends of mine posing as me. This is where they crossed the line from malicious hacking to outright fraud. Fortunately my friends are somewhat intelligent and figured it out.
Below is the transcript of the gTalk session as well as the email that went out to my contacts. Again, I post this as a warning to others. Be smart with your accounts and how you use them. Don't let yourself be a victim to this as it will ruin your day at the least..
till next time,
Hey... ,i'm sorry for this odd request because it might get to you too urgent but it's just because of the situation of things right now, i'm stuck in London, I came down here on vacation, i was robbed, worse of it is that bags, cash and cards and my cell phone was stolen at GUN POINT, it's such a crazy experience for me, i need help flying back home, the authorities are not being 100% supportive but the good thing is i still have my passport but don't have enough money to get my flight ticket back home, please i need you to loan me some money, will refund you as soon as i'm back home, i promise.
Chat Transcript (me is the person pretending to be me. Yakoob is my buddy):
yakoob: Hey man, hows it?
me: Am not happy this time
yakoob: whats wrong?
me: i'm stuck in London
yakoob: london sucks
what ya doikng therE?
me: London, I came down here on vacation, i was robbed, worse of it is that bags, cash and cards and my cell phone was stolen at GUN POINT
yakoob: holy shit
im glad your ok
can i do anytthing to help?
me: it's such a crazy experience for me
that suck man
me: Yeah i need help flying back home
yakoob: what can i do?
me: the good thing is i still have my passport but don't have enough money to get my flight ticket back home
please i need you to loan me some money, will refund you as soon as i'm back home, i promise
me: You can wire it to my name from a western union outlet
yakoob: paypal no work for you?
me: It has really been embarrassing for me here
yakoob: no shit
western union lets me send online
me: No..you can transfer the money to me by western union
yakoob: so where do i send?
me: all i need here now is $1200 but whatsoever you can afford to wire right now will really help
yakoob: i can do the 1200
get ya out of this mess
me: okay7:50 AM
Here are the details you need to get it to me
me: my full name
yakoob: how do i spell fergi again?
me: Location - 22 St. John Street London, EC1M 4AY United Kingdom
my full name is :Dave Ferguson
yakoob: just to make sure your not the robber
whats my nick name
the crazy "****"
and which 2 people did i sit in the cube with
me: Common whats the meaning of this ???
yakoob: you could answer this, who did i sit in the cube with out side your office
me: am in a bad situation here
and you just there making jokes with me
making sure your not the robber
he has your phone
me: i have no time to waste and you have to understand this
yakoob: your messenger
could chat me since im online and ask for money
just protecting my self...
not a joke
who were my cube mates out side of your office
the 2 guy i worked with in the cube
first name will do
ill send the money right after you tell me that
you there man?
me: am really disappointed in you
what if its not you typing
yakoob: its just a simple question
me: its me
i will sign off now
if you not willing to help me
yakoob: i'll send ya money immediatily
i am wiilling to help
me: you have to use your common brian
yakoob: i will , when you tell me the first name of the 2 guys i worked with on magic
me: if not me charting with you...how come will i take the money you will send to me with my name ???
yakoob: the robbers have your identity
and they have your phone which has messenger
if im talking to the robber right now they cant answer this simple question
I worked out side your office with 2 guys for a year
what were their names
and bam money comes
me: am here using the hotel manager email address to chart with you
not with a phone
and i still have my international passport with me here ,not stolen
yakoob: look dave, if this is dave.... "the guy that worked hotels in vegas" and was our contractor dba, whats his name
i dont know why this is so difficult
tell me his name and ill send your money
you are not ready to help me
yakoob: lol, i'll help you when you confirm its your by answerijng this simple question
which you well know the answer too
else im sure its not you
whats the domain to your podcast
you know all this stuff
why wont you confirm with me
i think your not dave and a criminal phishing
if you were you would ahve no problem answering the question