Don’t open that email! I’ve been hacked…

I just went out to pick up some lunch, and on the way there and back, I heard from two people via text and two by phone that they had received an email from me that said something about a Google Doc.

Well, I did not send ANY such message. Apparently, my ADCO account has been hacked.

DON’T open it!

I apologize for any inconvenience…

9 thoughts on “Don’t open that email! I’ve been hacked…

  1. Lynn Teague

    You are very fortunate. My email was hacked and used to invite recipients to enjoy the lovely Chinese women who were just waiting to hear from them.

  2. Brad Warthen Post author

    Some lovely Chinese women might have made this experience more pleasant.

    Turns out that all incoming email to that account was, from the moment of the attack, being deleted. Which when it comes to email is a feature I might be tempted to pay extra for, but since this was my ADCO account, it was bound to be inconvenient for clients.

    So if anyone had problems as a result of this, I’m sorry. Everything seems to be copacetic now…

  3. Pat

    i opened it – because it was from you – even though it looked strange to be from you. I haven’t noticed any problems. I was on an iPad. Would that make any difference? Link was to a Google doc. And then Wells Fargo something or other. I deleted it at that point. I never ever open stuff like that, but this one got the best of me. What should I look for? Can my pad get a virus?

    1. Kathryn Fenner

      Apple products can get viruses, but almost none are written for them.
      In the future, though, Pat, don’t ever open an attachment you aren’t expecting.

      1. Pat

        Thank you, Kathryn. I should have known better. So far, I see nothing wrong. I did look up virus protection in the App Store, but all I found was lock boxes, etc. is there not virus protection for Apple products?
        At any rate, all is well that ends well, right?

        1. Kathryn Fenner

          There used to be Avast, but Apple products are pretty virus-proof. Make sure you keep up on your software updates, though.

          1. Kathryn Fenner

            We don’t have any on ours, but we back up to iCloud frequently –I think automatically, and have an external hard drive backup on the desktop. My husband is a computer science professor, so I guess he knows more than I do—but he’s a theoretician, fwiw.

  4. Lynn Teague

    Sophos provides an excellent free virus protection program for Macs, and I believe versions for other computers as well. You can also follow them on Facebook for updates on computer security issues.

  5. Pat

    Thanks for all the information. I set the updates to automatic. I will check out Sophos. I get email updates from (National Cyber Awareness System). It doesn’t always apply to my domestic computing, but if I spot a notice that directly applies to my software, I check to make certain my program has updated. I am pretty new to Apple, though. I appreciate any input I can get.

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