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So Mrs C logs into her GMail account yesterday and gets a 'unusual activity detected' warning and has to reset her password (via a neat SMS to her phone). Turns out someone must of obtained her password and tried to use her account to send spam. We can find zero trace of any virus or malware on her laptop and she hasn't accessed her account from anywhere else. Plus, she was using a strong password and runs the latest version of Firefox (which has a pretty good rep when it comes to phishing, etc.) She's very computer savvy so this has come as a real blow.
WTF? Should I blat her machine and reinstall XP anyway? She runs Avast but I've downloaded Malwarebytes and AdAware and even scanned it with the MS Security Essentials tool - no sign of anything dodgy.
I've just finished setting up new desktop boxes for me and the wife, turning my old desktop into a server, turning the old server and the wife's old desktop into network render nodes (network rendering 3d graphics), and finally, building a new machine for our realtor.
I really don't want to install windows again for a long, long time.
If a reinstall is necessary I'm going to throw caution to the wind and install Linux - she only uses the laptop for the web and we have another laptop (my personal dev machine) that she can use for anything that Linux can't handle easily (like syncing her iPhone).
Speaking of experiments, I bought 'Creating a Hackintosh' and an OsX DVD when buying all the stuff for the new machines. I have an unused (for the moment) hard drive in my desktop box and I'm going to try and get OsX installed there. That'll be neat, if it works.
I got a similar message to that not too long ago. Basically it was due to someone from China trying to access the account. They suggested changing the password just to be safe. But, I didn't get the impression that there was a virus installed, etc.
The password was a combination of alphas and numerics but I guess it a brute force attack couldn't be ruled out. Unless all the malware and virus scanners are wrong then it's the only explanation. FWIW I have used my gmail account from the same machine in the last few days and no sign of my account being hacked - I use a *very* strong password though.
I wouldn't waste time reintsalling Windows unless you find some concrete eveiednce that it's been compromised. Get an Open Port monitor and install it; check to see if any ports are being used to access the machine. If not, don't worry about it.
"A Journey of a Thousand Rest Stops Begins with a Single Movement"
Thanks to this post I logged on to an old hotmail account that I keep for any dodgy site I need to supply an email for. Only to find someone has a draft email with a disguised link to a pron site and is sending it using bcc to all and sundry. As I do not have any other info in there the addresses are supplied by miscreant.
I changed the password on the account (from password). I know but I'm basically not interested in the account except it has my real name attached, thanks to MS data mining, now I can't edit the profile page to change that as it has developed an error.
Never underestimate the power of human stupidity
Just back from Tesco where I slipped a bag of Jumbo cashew nuts into the shop. Just got a few left to eat and I feel kind of icky but I can't stop till they're all gone. Then I have to eat dinner! Oh boyL:: another fat night.
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