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FYI - Hacking may get heavy

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#1 by valerie » Wed Oct 07, 2015 20:08

Always seems to me the hacking begins to get heavy this time of year.
Might have something to do with USA holidays.

My Walmart account was hacked today.

You may want to update your passwords. The best thing to do is create a long password
with various characters, numbers, symbols....and to WRITE it down offline in a notebook.
DON'T trust saving your passwords on your computer.
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#2 by BouldRake » Wed Oct 07, 2015 20:24

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#3 by Lunablue » Wed Oct 07, 2015 21:25

Good point, Valerie. Could this be why my cash out was returned to me today( for the first time ever in the 3 years I've been here) and why admin does not see my acct as being registered? Admin told me to re-register my acct, but I am unable to due to the fact that I already have one. Confusing times.
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#4 by Lunablue » Wed Oct 07, 2015 22:36

Issue has been resolved. Thanks, Clixsense!
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#5 by proadco » Wed Oct 07, 2015 23:17

Saving passwords to the browser to any business site where one's Paypal, credit card, banking information is involved is never a good idea.
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#6 by hyldig » Thu Oct 08, 2015 04:48

Last year I was reading an interesting article written by the hackers . It was called Halloween A Hackers Week Of Evil . In that 1 the kackers described how to get password / pincodes without breaking thrugh the computers firewall . Clean your modems Ram on daily basis . They are able to hide a gangalie in your modem collecting passwords and pincodes for credit cards .
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#7 by Nikorj » Thu Oct 08, 2015 05:04

True !!

And dont use social networks to log-in if you can avoid it (Even though its easy)

3 months ago someone got a hold of my credit card information and used 37.000 dkr (About 6000$) And its still puzzling me how they did it???????.

Im always over-cautious with my personal information on the net,And im not falling for these pathetic phishing attempts and their sometimes pretty funny attempts to translate to Danish :lol:

Ill guess someone must have watched over my shoulder when cashing out manually at my bank or maybe a hidden camera or something similar.

Well lucky for me,Its easy to get your money back in Denmark if theyre used without your acceptance.

Good that youre warning people,cause scams are certainly not decreasing.
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#8 by oberder » Thu Oct 08, 2015 10:15

:idea: One can try password managers -- but here's the catch:

1) Review first all the Password Managers that are available on the current market -- from FOSS ( Free Open-Source Softwares ), Freewares, and Paid variants -- make a list of what you'd find then do a multiple search on not just review sites, but in forums that it's members reply in regards to pros and cons of the programs' functions ( the big mistake for some is the first thing that appears on a search engine inquiry would be the best answer -- that's absolutely wrong ;) Dig deeper )

2) Make sure you have access to your database ( aka Local Storage ) -- avoid being dependent on Cloud-based storage most of the time -- there's practically no telling where, or how your personal/private files are stored/encrypted/secured at. With recent talks from some tech forums that mention that such cloud-based services are not only suspending users from uploading/storing certain files, these same companies are now accessing the content of the files itself ( encrypted or otherwise )

Providing reference link to Symantec Forums ( which is in HTTPS for browsing security )

:arrow: Reference source -- Cloud-Based ID-Safe is NOT a secure replacement for local storage | Norton Community

Aside from BouldRake tip, one can also make use of the Gibson Research Corp Password Generator ( to get a new password in this secured HTTPS page, just press F5, and a new random set will be generated ):

:arrow: Reference source -- GRC | Ultra High Security Password Generator  
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#9 by BouldRake » Thu Oct 08, 2015 10:47

There's no such thing as the cloud, just other people's computers.
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#10 by hyldig » Thu Oct 08, 2015 15:03

Nikorj wrote: True !!

And dont use social networks to log-in if you can avoid it (Even though its easy)

3 months ago someone got a hold of my credit card information and used 37.000 dkr (About 6000$) And its still puzzling me how they did it???????.

Im always over-cautious with my personal information on the net,And im not falling for these pathetic phishing attempts and their sometimes pretty funny attempts to translate to Danish :lol:

Ill guess someone must have watched over my shoulder when cashing out manually at my bank or maybe a hidden camera or something similar.

Well lucky for me,Its easy to get your money back in Denmark if theyre used without your acceptance.

Good that youre warning people,cause scams are certainly not decreasing.

Could be RAT type 2 . A Drive through RAT could be how they got the pin code . You would nerver know the difference if the RAT page is redirecting directly to the real page . Try easedropping by the hackers . They are often bragging about how they do it . Then you can figure out how to prevent them from acces .
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#11 by valerie » Thu Oct 08, 2015 20:16

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#12 by cookin2 » Fri Oct 09, 2015 01:07

:lol: Good song!

My son had his credit card used for many purchases. All the charges were reversed, but the woman he dealt with from Master Card told him that there had been a lot of similar crimes in our general area and it pointed to some kind of device that can scan your credit card if it's in your pocket or purse just by walking near you.
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#13 by hyldig » Fri Oct 09, 2015 06:30

Sounds like an advanced " Sniffer " . The device can connect with the chip in your credit card and read it . In the old days a " Sniffer" could be blocked by aluminium foil . It will highly likely prevent this kind of " Sniffer " to .
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#14 by BouldRake » Fri Oct 09, 2015 09:24

The foil creates a Faraday cage. It'll do the job. It doesn't have to be foil though, there are lots of things you can use. Nowadays, you can get wallets with Faraday cages built in, and you can get Faraday bags to put mobile phones in when you're with people who can't be trusted to turn them off, or worse, answer them while they're already in the middle of a conversation with someone else.
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#15 by cookin2 » Sat Oct 10, 2015 23:07

Thank you both for the help :)
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#16 by BouldRake » Sat Oct 10, 2015 23:27

This wouldn't work for hats, incidentally. A faraday cage works by creating an enclosure with a conductive material. The conductive material distributes the energy, and it can't be felt inside the cage. A hat would, have some effect, but there's a severe penalty to a faraday cage if it is not completely enclosed. Since your head connects directly to your neck and body, a tin foil hat would be insufficient defence against electromagnetic waves of any reasonable strength.

If you think the government is reading your mind, you have to put your entire self in a Faraday cage. A tin foil hat will not suffice.
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#17 by cookin2 » Sun Oct 11, 2015 04:07

:lol: :clap: Makes perfect sense!
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#18 by oberder » Sun Oct 11, 2015 07:00

Guys, I may have to make a little add-edit on my last reply :oops:

It was late I got wind of this -- according to the GHacks Tech Blog, for users that are currently having LassPass as a password manager, may have to know that the company has been acquired by LogMeIn; for some reasons the mood about the acquisition on the LassPass users hasn't been rosy

:!: Reference sources:
1) LogMeIn acquires LastPass password manager - gHacks Tech News
2) LastPass Joins the LogMeIn Family | The LastPass Blog

Well, guess that will lessen your homework knowing what password manager to use :(
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