My email account was hacked at around 2:30a.m. on Tuesday morning by someone with the English skills of a Chinese High School student. It was sent to everyone I've ever emailed, including bosses, art galleries I had to contact when I was working as a TA, and lengthy lists of BYU kids from my classes. It read:
How is everything going?
I want to share something with you ： http://www.kcnshop.com/
On this website ,you can find many new and origianl electronic
products .Because of New Year 2010, they are holding sales promotion
activity, all the product are sold at a discount.
And i have bought some products from this web, low cost and good
quality ,and the delivery is on time .
If you need some, visit this website . Hurry up,because the promotion
activity only keeps 1 month .
Hope everything goes well.
It ilicited many interesting responses that actually made me feel really loved, including:
hey did you send me this or did somebody hack themselves into your account? hope you are well...: )
virus? sorry girl.
are you awake for rlz? Oh, no just a chinese high school student hacked into your account.
from the mother of an old friend:
I know you didn't send this strange email about some camera shop...Someone with more computer knowledge than me can tell you what is going on. Otherwise, I hope things are going well for you. Maybe I'll see you around Provo or on campus, if you're still there.
From a beloved co-worker:
quick heads up. got a mass e-mail from you around 2:30 am for kcnshop.com. as it's 2:30, and i'm very tired, i didn't think much of it until after stopping by the site and then thinking to myself... "wait... does this really seem reasonable?"
anyway, if you did send the e-mails, no worries. if not, you may want to check your gmail account as it may have been hacked.
hope all is well, friend. we should do lunch sometime.
from one of my design professors:
this was in my email. are you in a new line of work?
my response: Ha! Yes, someone hacked my email last night. I changed my password this morning and I think that should take care it. Thanks.
His reply: you might want to reconsider. it could be quite lucrative.
A lot of people who only scanned it thought that I actually wrote it. One girl in my design classes thought I was linking her to some really sweet design site. Ha! It still makes me laugh.
It's funny how someone in a foreign country sent out a dishonest reminder to the world that I exist and that many people so lovingly responded.
So here's a small thanks to the hacker, wherever they are; but with hopes they don't try to steal my identity or money.