ATTENTION ALL: Hacker takes over Warriors' Gmail account?

by John Delavera 32 replies
Yesterday I received a message from someone I know since 2002.
But the TO: field was almost all of his contacts...
And the message looked like a spam.

I did not pay attention.
People lose their minds some times.

But today I got the same message.
Again from a Warrior I know since 2005 I think...
And again the message was sent to 100s of recipients.

My experience says that their Gmail accounts have been hacked.

Here is the message received:

Subject - same in all messages: Interesting program

"Hi

This program is fastest and the easiest way to create
an income stream that can gradually replace your current job or career!

Get $349,859.00 For A One-Time Fee Of $29.99!
No Advertising And No Recruiting Required!
Guaranteed Money Within 5 Days!
Huge Sponsor Bonus 9 Levels Deep!
No Waiting All Payments Are Made When Due!
$455.34 In Products With Resale Rights!"

I do not include the link.

If you get that message DO NOT click on the link
because when I did some weird things happened.

It seems to me that someone targets Warriors that use
Gmail accounts and use their names as their login name.
Then somehow guess the password and then take over it.

I suggest you to change your Gmail password ASAP
to something that cannot be guessed easily and
most importantly to a password you have NOT YET
used to any sites you signed up, because the hacker
may have invaded a site where those 2 fellows used
the same username/password of their Gmail acount too.

So again

- Do not open that message
- Do not click on the link inside
- Change your codes at Gmail (suggested) with a password
you have never given to any site as a customer or affiliate
and do not keep a copy of that password in your computer.

FYI
#main internet marketing discussion forum #account #gmail #hacker #takes #warriors
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  • Profile picture of the author John Delavera
    Just got another one.
    Same message.
    From a Warrior again.
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    • Profile picture of the author John Taylor
      There's some excellent advice in this thread which will help increase the security of your Gmail account:
      http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...w-protect.html


      John
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    • Profile picture of the author David_Thompson
      Originally Posted by John Delavera View Post

      Just got another one.
      Same message.
      From a Warrior again.
      John, that is sounding disturbing to say the least man...

      And it all started a day or so ago?

      --David
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      • Profile picture of the author John Delavera
        Yes

        1 message received yesterday.
        2 today.

        Both from Gmail accounts.

        Same subject, same message, same link.



        Originally Posted by David_Thompson View Post

        John, that is sounding disturbing to say the least man...

        And it all started a day or so ago?

        --David
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      • Profile picture of the author Jon Alexander
        I'm getting those, too.
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        • Profile picture of the author Tristan Bull
          Hmm havent gotten any of these.

          Are you saying that their gmail accounts have been hacked or their warrior forum logins have been hacked, or both?
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          • Profile picture of the author John Delavera
            I do not think it has to do with the WF.

            But they are all marketers - Warriors too.

            So somehow their Gmail codes have been hacked.



            Originally Posted by John Taylor View Post

            There's some excellent advice in this thread which will help increase the security of your Gmail account:
            http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...w-protect.html


            John
            Originally Posted by Tristan Bull View Post

            Hmm havent gotten any of these.

            Are you saying that their gmail accounts have been hacked or their warrior forum logins have been hacked, or both?
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            • Profile picture of the author Tristan Bull
              Oh ok so they are probably targeting marketers/warriors then.
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            • Profile picture of the author Dave OSullivan
              Hi John,

              We received the same mail today, (1 hour ago) I didn't take any notice of it and just binned it, I thought it was just spam.

              Now that I've looked at the details, I recognize a heck of a lot of names on there.

              Dave.
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              • Profile picture of the author John Delavera
                OK let's do something.

                I am going to PM those ones from whom I got the emails
                so they know about this.

                Do the same: PM the sender of such email and let him/her
                know so s/he can act ASAP.
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                • Profile picture of the author VegasVince
                  No offense...but I keep readin' threads about you'se warriors with gmail gettin' hacked et al...

                  Why do you'se people keep it?

                  Seriously?

                  Aint nobody hacked my yahoo, verizon, or aol email lately.


                  xxx Vegas Vince
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                  • Profile picture of the author John Delavera
                    I do not know about you but
                    I do want to be informed if
                    someone gets such an email
                    message "from me."




                    Originally Posted by VegasVince View Post

                    No offense...but I keep readin' threads about you'se warriors with gmail gettin' hacked et al...

                    Why do you'se people keep it?

                    Seriously?

                    Aint nobody hacked my yahoo, verizon, or aol email lately.


                    xxx Vegas Vince
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                    • Profile picture of the author VegasVince
                      Originally Posted by John Delavera View Post

                      I do not know about you but
                      I do want to be informed if
                      someone gets such an email
                      message "from me."


                      In the mean time....maybe you'se should consider an email address that isn't so "hack" friendly....you dig?

                      Not that it matters...but I don't get hacked. Hence...i don't post about it. And if I get hacked...I'm gonna get a new email address....under a new email provider. But that's just Vince...I'm hard headed.


                      xxx Vegas Vince
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                      • Profile picture of the author MaxineKelly
                        Originally Posted by VegasVince View Post

                        In the mean time....maybe you'se should consider an email address that isn't so "hack" friendly....you dig?

                        Not that it matters...but I don't get hacked. Hence...i don't post about it. And if I get hacked...I'm gonna get a new email address....under a new email provider. But that's just Vince...I'm hard headed.


                        xxx Vegas Vince
                        Means you wont bother even if your email got hacked. Thats really interesting. You will lost so many emails and your personal details as well.

                        Thats why I keep changing my password
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                    • Profile picture of the author Sarah Harvey
                      Personally I have never been hacked with any of my emails. So it's a surprise that some people do.

                      Believe me a hacker would not give two cents to the fact that they can send a message to a list of warriors or friends of that warrior.

                      I mean com'on...how stupid do you assume them to be?

                      Only a complete moron that frequents these forums or forums like this would hack your account to send a message.

                      To me I would call that a 'noob.' Because he is that desperate.

                      I mean do you even know what a true hacker will do? Do you assume he is interested in your list?

                      *shakes head*

                      Think closer to home. It's easy to get into Gmail accounts, sure. I have read very interesting articles on hack sites I frequent on how to do that exactly. But hackers are only interested in one thing...

                      1)Any information that would lead to your identity/address/credit card details/sites that you pay for- getting your username + password etc.

                      Some hackers do it for fun, because it's a challenge to them.

                      I hunt information in this world wide web and there is very little that I do not know or cannot find out on how to achieve it.

                      So logically conclusion is: This 'supposed' hacker that sends emails is someone close to home.

                      Look around you, and be careful who you trust.
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                      • Profile picture of the author ExRat
                        Hi John,

                        Did you get any response from the people you emailed?

                        Did you email them on their (other) known email addresses or did you reply to the emails you received?

                        I read this thread when you wrote it, but I hadn't received any - but I just received one that appeared to be from someone with the same initials as you in the same format (all therecipients emails showing in the 'cc' field.)

                        I have a theory and you can confirm it with an answer to this question -
                        do you KNOW that the gmail acounts with the spam sent to you are DEFINITELY the exact gmail accounts used by these people?

                        The email address I was just spammed from is in this format -


                        NAMEOFWARRIOR2005@gmail.com

                        Note the '2005'.

                        I think the spammer is quite clever. What they have done is 'got hold' of a list of paypal email addresses - either from a WSO seller or from a harvested list from the old 'buy a beer button' on here.

                        Then they are taking the names of warriors/IMers that are known to sell products, and creating NEW gmail accounts with the name of the person and some sort of appendage (in this case '2005') - they do this so that some of us may get caught out thinking it is actually from the person, but in fact they haven't actually hacked anyone's account. (This is just a theory but I reckon it's true).

                        Did you get any replies John?

                        For interested lurkers - this tactic is particularly annoying because due to the emails all showing in the cc field....well you know the rest.
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                        • Profile picture of the author E. Corbo
                          I don't believe it, The SAME happened to me today!

                          I started this thread this morning: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ease-help.html

                          And yes, I use the same password as in this board, but my gmail address is not myname@gmail.com but a pen name of mine I've never mentioned here.

                          Is it a global phenomenon or a warriorforum problem.

                          However, if you search in the google gmail groups you will find many users with the same problem.

                          I'm shocked!!!

                          Eddie
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                          • Profile picture of the author lightningzeus
                            ohh this kinda sucks, i hope one of my gmail accounts dont get hacked
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                            • Profile picture of the author Eric Lorence
                              Gmail is easy to use and the spam filters are excellent, but never use Gmail for critical financial information, use a paid mailbox service.

                              Best
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                          • Profile picture of the author Eric Lorence
                            Originally Posted by p1a1u1l1 View Post

                            well, I don't use my name for my email accounts and my password wouldn't be guessable
                            I have cleared all my online accounts of funds, changed all my passwords and cleared any emails containing passwords etc from my gmail.

                            Do you think I could still be at risk here?

                            I also have no WSO or anything running.

                            This to me is starting to look like a worldwide attack, I think if all these accounts are really being hacked there must be more than 1 hacker.

                            paul
                            Hacking Gmail IS a worldwide activity and very common.

                            Better to use several dedicated accounts for each and every promotion weather WSO or not, such as: MYOFFER(@)gmail.com as not to compromise your entire operation.
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                            • Profile picture of the author Lee McIntyre
                              Not wanting to be delivering bad news but I too was hacked a few days ago.

                              Someone entered the gmail account, added a sig for an affiliate product, and emailed my entire contact list in the way John described.

                              Here's where it gets interesting....

                              This is a gmail account that had never been used for marketing emails. Ever. It was a personal account and was used for school business.

                              Also, I'd forgotten I owned the account and the last email from it was more than a year ago (since I've not accessed it in a year I'm surprised gmail didn't close it).

                              Luckily there were only 23 contacts in this account.

                              Since I had no idea I owned this account it's all a bit confusing who could have done this. My password was a random combination of letters and number and would be pretty hard to guess!

                              It can't have been from a keylogger or equivalent as I hadn't accessed the account in such a long time. I never used the account on this forum.

                              It's all very odd. This week I've received 4 IDENTICAL emails from collegues, friends and partners, who must also have been hacked.

                              Either way it's VERY unsettling and confusing!

                              Lee McIntyre
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                              • Profile picture of the author Paul Buckley
                                I don't think it's a WF problem as it's being discussed in other venues. I think it just seems that way since so many Warriors use gmail.
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                                • Profile picture of the author Pete Egeler
                                  Looks kind of like the old "Send you ad to millions of PayPal users" SPAM emails. I'm getting the same type of SPAM but now it says "GMail Users".

                                  Pete
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                                  • Profile picture of the author ExRat
                                    Hi Pete,

                                    Do you mean the -

                                    'Email 81 million Targeted Prospects Monthly Guranteed!' (sic)

                                    Yeah I'm getting them daily from different gmail acounts.

                                    The only tip I can find from surfing around that hasn't been mentioned already is that people should not stay logged into a gmail account while visiting different websites as in the past it appears that certain scripts on sites can access your contact list details (via a javascript hack) - but obviously this on it's own is a different type of hack - but it's better to be safe than sorry.

                                    Edit - it looks like the problem -

                                    The program that exploits this weakness is called surfjack and interestingly Google has it available for download at*********
                                    I guess they are telling us if you don't do the simple fix by changing to https settings you deserve to be hacked? Wish they made that a default for all of us.
                                    and the solution -

                                    The solution is to set Permanent SSL in Gmail
                                    1. Sign in to Gmail.
                                    2. Click Settings at the top of any Gmail page.
                                    3. Set 'Browser Connection' to 'Always use https.'
                                    4. Click Save Changes.
                                    5. Reload Gmail.
                                    Note: People with Gmail Notifier will need to download a patch. Details.
                                    are in this thread -

                                    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...w-protect.html
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                                    • Profile picture of the author E. Corbo
                                      @ Roger

                                      I did this weeks ago.

                                      My only fault seem to be to have used a very easy password.

                                      How did they do it?

                                      If Lee had not accessed his acount in a long time and it was a random combination of letters, I don't see how this is possible.

                                      Does anybody now if the payed google mail (google apps) is more secure?

                                      Eddie
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  • Profile picture of the author Scott Woodside
    First of all why in the hell would any warrior use a gmail account? It cheapens your branding.

    Using a free email account has always been a NO NO! If you're serious about what you are doing, use an authentic email account that matches your main site.

    Are you a serious marketer or not?

    I can't even believe there are this many posts on the subject!

    Amazing.

    My take on this is: If you're dumb enough to use a gmail, yahoo, then you get what you pay for!
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    • Profile picture of the author ExRat
      Hi Scott,
      First of all why in the hell would any warrior use a gmail account? It cheapens your branding.

      Using a free email account has always been a NO NO! If you're serious about what you are doing, use an authentic email account that matches your main site.

      Are you a serious marketer or not?

      I can't even believe there are this many posts on the subject!

      Amazing.

      My take on this is: If you're dumb enough to use a gmail, yahoo, then you get what you pay for!
      A bit harsh and presumptuous perhaps?

      I don't have any vital info in my gmail, I just use it as a throwaway for research, signing up for mailing lists etc...

      Although when I originally opened my adwords they used to force you to use the same user & pass and made it very difficult to change it.

      My point - I don't think everyone who answered here was using it for their main site email, although some might have been - in which case, that wasn't very wise.

      Cheap, un-serious, dumb? Ok...
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  • Profile picture of the author Johnny
    How safe is you personal email that is hosted by is safer than Google's ones ?

    If even Google can't handle the hacking, do you think your hosting server that handle that as good? I am not so sure.

    I think when using all these email services, certain risk does exist.

    It just happen that Gmail is targeted more often, just like MS IE browser.
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