Ramblings of an old Doc

 

On Neowin, Brad Sams has notified on some ugly news:

“Over two million passwords for Yahoo!, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and others have been posted to the web after a botnet has infected thousands of machines and used a keylogger to obtain passwords. While this breach is not from any particular service, the botnet has clearly been running effectively for some time as it reportedly has over 2 million passwords, 300,000 of which are for Facebook accounts.”

So, if you suspect your account has been hacked, change passwords immediately. Also,

use the online scanners at Kaspersky (or elsewhere) and scan for keystroke loggers since that’s how these minions of the dark side worked their evil.


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on Dec 04, 2013

So if I have no real personal information and do very little on any of these places would I really care?

Not being smart just asking a question as they don't have any of my personal information except for my name. When Adobe was hacked I did cancel my credit card and got a new one. In fact my credit card company knew about it and when I called they suggested it.

on Dec 04, 2013

time to change my passwords.

on Dec 04, 2013

I am a LinkedIn member only, the rest of them are garbage sites for children and I don't belong to them. Not worried about it here.

 

EDIT: Clarified below in Reply #13, please don't take this personally. Sorry.

on Dec 04, 2013

Thank you Seth.  I will let my family and friends know, so they can change their passwords, just in case. I love Facebook because I can see what my family has been up to. Most of them live in different parts of the country, so Facebook is a great way to keep in contact. Cheaper then long distance phone calls!! 

on Dec 04, 2013

Oh crap. Now everyone knows my password is *********

(It was ********** but I shortened it to make it easier to remember.)

on Dec 04, 2013

"infected Malware"..........is there any other kind?

on Dec 04, 2013

If you use sites like Gmail or Facebook, you really should have 2-step authentication enabled.

 

on Dec 04, 2013

you have to have the malware on your pc to have your passwords compromised

on Dec 04, 2013

If anything comes up regarding how they think it was primarily distributed, I'm curious.

The next to the last sentence of the linked article also interests me - "We should note that it appears that most malware packages do protect against the malware."  It makes me wonder how it became so widespread, doesn't appear to be a particularly tricky one.

I think people are missing the fact that Facebook, Twitter, etc., weren't the source of the infection, so whether or not a person uses those sites isn't relevant. The article just mentions those specifically for some reason.  It's a keylogger residing on people's machines logging whatever they log into.

on Dec 04, 2013

LightStar
the rest of them are garbage sites for children and I don't belong to them

Don't hold back. Tell us how you really feel.

In the meantime, I'll be changing the passwords on LinkedIn and those children sites I belong to.

Isn't Stardock and all of it's staff signed up with a few of those children's sites?


*EDIT - I tried but can't let it go.

You do realize that some of those childrens sites as you would call them are used by employees and members of Stardock and Wincustomize to often 'promote' the Master Skins you make, dontcha? I've even used FB and G+ to promote works of fellow skinners a few times, including work they do unrelated to WC. Just saying. 

I'm sure it looks like I am making a big deal of this, but the comment just seemed kind of heavy handed and not entirely thought out as much as just 'put out' there. If I'm wrong, I apologize.

on Dec 04, 2013

PoSmedley

You do realize that some of those childrens sites as you would call them are used by employees and members of Stardock and Wincustomize to often 'promote' the Master Skins you make, dontcha? I've even used FB and G+ to promote works of fellow skinners a few times, including work they do unrelated to WC. Just saying. 

I'm sure it looks like I am making a big deal of this, but the comment just seemed kind of heavy handed and not entirely thought out as much as just 'put out' there..

AGREED!

on Dec 05, 2013

WTF?  Relax, folks.

All I did was post a "heads up". 

on Dec 05, 2013

PoSmedley


Quoting LightStar, reply 3the rest of them are garbage sites for children and I don't belong to them

Don't hold back. Tell us how you really feel.

In the meantime, I'll be changing the passwords on LinkedIn and those children sites I belong to.

Isn't Stardock and all of it's staff signed up with a few of those children's sites?

*EDIT - I tried but can't let it go.

You do realize that some of those childrens sites as you would call them are used by employees and members of Stardock and Wincustomize to often 'promote' the Master Skins you make, dontcha? I've even used FB and G+ to promote works of fellow skinners a few times, including work they do unrelated to WC. Just saying. 

I'm sure it looks like I am making a big deal of this, but the comment just seemed kind of heavy handed and not entirely thought out as much as just 'put out' there. If I'm wrong, I apologize.

 

Well, lets just say Po that I guess I should have clarified that. It's just that all I ever see with kids nowadays is them typing away on Facebook or other social sites and not doing anything constructive with their lives, even at the age of 18+. Social sites have totally taken away personal human interaction it seems, no one actually talks to anybody, they just type away.

Like my kids for the most part, rather than call me and ask me a question, they just text, and I find that rude and tell them so. It just seems to me that our society is getting sicker and sicker by the day, and social sites are just one of the contributors. I personally just don't find social sites to be useful in society at all, but that's just my opinion. Kids are even killing themselves after being ranted at on social sites... bullying, and it's sick.

If it is being used for business purposes, I suppose its OK though.

Sorry for any confusion.

on Dec 05, 2013

Okay, to get this back on track I have read what TechNoWeb posted in that if your passwords are stolen or compromised it's because you have the malware on your computer.  

So I suppose it's a coin toss as to which you do first but two things to do would be to run you anti-virus and anti-malware scans and change your passwords if you think they have been compromised.  How do you tell they have been compromised?  I suppose if you see strange posting on those social sites or worst case you bank account balance takes a hit.    

on Dec 05, 2013

Philly:

1. Run a scan with reliable, updated software.

2. Run a scan or two from online scanners like Kaspersky, etc.

3. Assume you've been compromised and change your passwords.

4. Watch your bank and credit statements for any suspicious activity.

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