What The Hack ?

As some of You, venerated readers, may know I use a free webmail account to be approachable. It is the simplest, free variant. The job is easy, send and receive emails. I do not mind the advertisements, it is all acceptable. I do not use an email program (outlook, Pegasus, Thunderbird, Sylpheed) anymore, it is all done via the webmailer, via the website of the company, in my browser. This, fortunately, works in any browser I may choose.
Yesterday or so I received an email from the security departement of the company whose service I use, autogenerated. It informed me that someone, or somewhat, had tried to connect to my email account via a third party email program or the application the company provides for use on an iphone / smart phone. It did not work, says the email, because the option to use an imap or pop server is deactivated standardly. I used the provided phone number to the help desk and talked to a young man who confirmed that, simply put, someone (or somewhat) had tried to get access to my email account. It would be a good idea to change my password now.
What I dutyfully did.
I do not know exactly where or when in setting up an email connection via an email program the password is asked / used or set – but chances are very good that my – now former – password is “known”, since it was unchanged since 2001. Well, never change a running system.
Now I feel the urge to change all passwords – yes, I want strong, new passwords, glitzy, shiny and surrounded by the air of invincibility, Arnold in his prime !

7 thoughts on “What The Hack ?

  1. I’m glad you didn’t get hacked. I read a very good book a month ago called “The Long Walk” By Slavomir Rawicz a true story of a Polish man’s walk to freedom from a Siberian gulag to India during WWII. It’s an amazing book and I’ve been pondering ever since if casual hostility is in some ways worse than just outright, in-your-face hostility. It’s certainly more insidious in it’s ability to leech its way through certain systems. Often times our email passwords are tested by nothing more than faceless, emotionless hacker bots, algorithms designed by someone who was “just doing their job.” An act I consider “casual hostility” because they know that their “job” infringes upon the lives of others and they don’t care enough not to do it, to find another job. I realize it’s not the same as being a prison guard, but it perpetuates the myth of “us vs them” that some people use to justify their actions in the first place.

  2. I am in the process of changing, at least passwords, dearest Savannah.

    I join in happily Dinahmow !

    Write them down ??! Goodness IDV ! All those asteriks …

    I have only a vague knowledge about RAWICZ – wasn’t he a member of the Anders Army ? As I said, I do not know much about him. Reminds me a bit of the German story “So weit die Füsse tragen”, a big success in 1950s Western Germany. A German prisoner of war escapes from a Siberian camp – it was issued as “true story”, but I think there were doubts about its authenticity from the start.
    I find “casual hostility” is an interesting idea Melanie, I need to think about it.

  3. “Causal hostility” I should warn you is an intellectual rabbit hole, aren’t most worthwhile topics though? He was not of Anders Army. Don’t bother with the movie if it’s available. It’s so loosely based on the book, it shouldn’t even count. I confess, I was so moved by the first death of a party member that I cried. It’s extremely rare for a book to move me to tears or laughter.

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