Friday, August 29, 2008

Hacked Paypal, Gmail, Computer

Some low life, gotta get a life, type of person has compromised my computer, hacked my gmail account, stolen money via my Paypal account and generally pissed me off and caused a whole lotta work for me.

I woke up the other morning and went to read some emails, but wait - AVAST is flashing bright red saying it is turned off, and I couldn't turn it back on. A little confused and lacking any real caffeine in my still half asleep state, I opened up my Incredimail email folder and the first thing I see is.......

Dear Trudi Davidson,

Your payment for $700.00 USD to has been initiated. This payment will be completed once the recipient has accepted the payment.

It may take a few moments for this transaction to appear in the Recent Activity list on your Account Overview.

Currency Conversion: $840.27 AUD = $700.00 USD
The exchange rate for this purchase is 1 AUD = 0.833070USD

Payment Details

Amount: $700.00 USD

Transaction ID: 24T94578AY0148250

Subject: You've got a payment

So I think - oh no way its one of those fake emails right.................

Wrong, I can't download any new emails??? Go online to check out Gmail and it doesn't recognise my password.

Start to feel a little agitated at this stage and scream for more coffee (sorry girls) while dialing the bank to freeze my account.

Greeted by a recorded message..........Our business hours are.......yada yada yada

Breathe Breathe Breathe


Phone Paypal
Email Gmail from another account
Phone bank as soon as they open

Eventually, some three or four hours later I have managed to install new internet security, unlink my debit card from my savings, get a paypal investigation underway, regain control of my gmail account and have changed every single password I have.

But I still feel a little uneasy.

I have I know, always taken my Internet security for granted and this experience has rattled me.

1 comment:

Emma-Kate Castricum said...

Ohhhh, that's worried the hell out of me because I'm hopeless with internet security! Let us know if you get the money back through paypal!