Tuesday 28 February 2017

Beware the criminals who use everyday technology to get you

Martina Devlin

Martina Devlin

Hackers are able to use keylogging programmes to find out a user's password
Hackers are able to use keylogging programmes to find out a user's password

My email account was hacked last week, with fake emails sent to hordes of people I've dealt with online claiming I left my handbag in a taxi and was penniless in Cyprus. I've never been to the island. Phone calls from concerned relatives and friends quickly alerted me to the scam - but the hackers had hijacked my account and I was shut out of it.

Unable to warn email contacts, I started texting everyone I could think of who might have been hoodwinked by this phony cry for help.

But I felt like King Canute attempting to reverse the tide: the begging letters were pouring out inexorably from my Gmail address.

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