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Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by jhtalisman, Jul 22, 2020.

  1. jhtalisman

    jhtalisman Well-Known Member
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    Unfortunately my account was hacked. I have zero knowledge of who or how, I did receive warnings from Google/Chrome about my account credentials being part of a data breach but neglected to change my password.

    It has since been changed along with 2 step verification enabled.

    I would like to apologize for anything that was posted without my knowledge and consent.
     


  2. puppykickr

    puppykickr Android Expert

    Did you look to see if anyone had indeed posted anything?
     
  3. jhtalisman

    jhtalisman Well-Known Member
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    At this time all of my previous posts are inaccessible by me so I have no idea. I assume that something inappropriate or offensive was as I was put on a no-post probation. My user status has also been downgraded to lurker as well.

    For those that have been here for awhile they know that I always have been respectful in my posts so they should have known something else was up. I think I had been warned once before in several years.
     
  4. puppykickr

    puppykickr Android Expert

    I just looked, and it only shows the two posts you have just made, although it shows you have been a member for quite some time.

    So whatever it was, I can't see it either.
     
  5. jhtalisman

    jhtalisman Well-Known Member
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    I am hoping things get restored at some point. If not, oh well.
     
  6. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!

    this is from https://androidforums.com/threads/the-official-coronavirus-work-from-home-thread.1322636/page-2 in which i quoted you from. its weird that there is no history of your post from that thread.

    i'll alert the mods and see what they say or if they could chime in on what they could do.....if there is anything they can do.
     
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  7. jhtalisman

    jhtalisman Well-Known Member
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    I can see the amount of likes I have, but not the the actual posts themselves.

    Yes, in hindsight I should have changed my password as soon as I saw the data breach notification from Google. I will keep that in mind for if it happens again.

    Just know that whatever happened it wasn't me nor was it intentional. I am sure some sort of IP tracing can verify that.
     
    #7 jhtalisman, Jul 23, 2020
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  8. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    A few days ago I reported a spam post with the observation that this appeared to have been posted by a long-standing member and hence it was possible that someone else was in control of the account. Unfortunately I can't remember whose account it was, but it might have been yours. If it was then maybe it's a small consolation that it was only spam and nothing worse.
     
    #8 Hadron, Jul 23, 2020
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  9. jhtalisman

    jhtalisman Well-Known Member
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    That seems a reasonable assumption. Although I do not post as much as others, I do attempt to keep my responses either lighthearted or informative based upon which specific forum they may be.

    I also have been dealing with the loss of my grandmother which somewhat explains the absence from here whether as an active poster or observer.

    I, once again, apologize for the neglect of warnings from Google. I am somewhat encouraged to see that possibly it was spam and not anything more serious, yet saddened that currently my account is still limited.
     
  10. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    Only the mods will know precisely what action was taken and whether it's possible to restore your posts. Since moderation decisions aren't discussed in public the best thing might be to open a thread in the Private Chat with Staff forum - as only yourself and the staff can see any thread you post there you might be able to have a better discussion.

    I think downgrade to "lurker" is just a consequence of the reduction in post count.

    I'm sorry about your grandmother.
     
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  11. Similar happened to a very well known member last month where 20 or so spam threads were created. A lot of *historical account posts* disappeared from well liked threads and for a day I thought the account was banned.

    *edited
     
    #11 Madasa, Jul 23, 2020
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  12. ^^ (I hope they've been in touch)

    I had a regular warning from Google in the last week for one password with pop ups I hadn't seen before on Windows pc and android.

    Thing is this password is the default password for a Huawei mifi device I use with a sim. I only need it to access SMS messages from the sim card which I temporarily don't have a 2nd phone for.
    Neener Neener :rolleyes: :p
     
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  13. rootabaga

    rootabaga Android Enthusiast

    Shades of familiarity... :(

    I hope you get it straightened out. My condolences on the loss of your grandmother, which does shed perspective on these kinds "hacks."
     
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  14. MoodyBlues

    MoodyBlues Compassion is cool!
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    I'm confused. What does Google have to do with this? :thinking:

    At any rate, I'm glad you're back--the real you--and hope your post history will be restored.
     
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  15. rootabaga

    rootabaga Android Enthusiast

    I believe it’s the warning a la “your account was accessed from a new device” or something like that. I see it when I log on from a new device. if I saw it and *hadn’t* recently logged on from a new device, I’d be following up quickly.
     
    #15 rootabaga, Jul 23, 2020
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  16. lunatic59

    lunatic59 Moderati ergo sum
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    Staff is working with @jhtalisman ... that's all I can say about that.

    But please, remember that your account security is your responsibility.

     
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  17. jhtalisman

    jhtalisman Well-Known Member
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    If you have Google save site passwords, when a security breach involving a site with which you have your information saved occurs, they will notify you of said breach upon login. See attached. 20200723_195528.jpg
     
    #17 jhtalisman, Jul 23, 2020
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  18. MoodyBlues

    MoodyBlues Compassion is cool!
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    I did not know that! Thanks. :)

    So when you follow it, it shows you which site it was?
     
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  19. jhtalisman

    jhtalisman Well-Known Member
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    It only shows when logging into the site with the breach.
     
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  20. MoodyBlues

    MoodyBlues Compassion is cool!
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    Oh, okay. Thanks!
     
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