Are you sitting comfortably ? Then I’ll begin.
“Once upon a time there as a man called Andy. Andy was a decent enough chap who took the most pleasure from pleasing others along the rocky road called Life. Occasionally, he would meet up with strange and colourful characters who tested his patience, yet he still smiled and did all he could to assist them in anyway necessary. Unfortunately this was still not enough for some and so they tried to attack poor old Andy with all manner of weapons and mean tricks. Now what these special characters didn’t realise was that Andy was protected by a magical cloak of foolishness that kept him safe from anything other than physical abuse, so he brushed off the attacks and went about his business with a spring in his step and smile on his face.
Did you like that story ?
Ok, time to be serious now, well as serious as possible.
The last thing I am about to do is start mouthing off and causing any more drama so I will take this opportunity, as always, to put a positive twist on what has recently happened in “Facebook Gate.”
While I lay sound asleep I had my Facebook hacked, in the early hours of Friday morning. Fortunately for me the email I used to log in wasn’t the regular email address I use on a day to day basis. If you only have one email address that you use for everything, then I advise you to change it immediately to a different one for your facebook log in !
This is why.. pay attention, there is a lot of info here but stuff you need to know !
The guy that hacked me first got into my hotmail account I used for Facebook. This email address is clear for all to see on your profile if your settings aren’t right. To be honest, email addresses aren’t exactly secret are they ?He then clicked the “forgot password” link when logging in which sent a “reset password” code to the email he had already accessed. By simply following that link that got mailed out, he was able to log in as me, change the password & photo of me to a semi naked man with the hairiest back side you ever did see, and basically run wild through the account.
At first I thought it was an automated attack, phishing for secure info like on-line banking etc etc.
Because I hadn’t logged out of Facebook when I want to bed, I had been using it all morning unaware of what had happened. I can’t remember what made me realise something wasn’t right, but when I eventually got into the hotmail account, I noticed a weird email had been added in the options section, an email I didn’t recognise. This meant that anytime I tried to reset the password, this 2nd email account would also be sent notification, enabling the hacker to cancel the password change or whatever. That’s when the penny dropped. So the first thing I thought of doing was posting an update.
“Ha Ha, some dick head has hacked my account, luckily it’s not one I used much” I wrote. I then logged out of Facebook to see if that had been tampered with, and when I tried to log back in of course it had been.
So who is it? I know you’re dying to find out.
Believe it or not, I am not actually in the habit of upsetting people so there wasn’t too many people to choose from. I’m fairly sure there are a few out there who secretly don’t like me, but as far as ‘enemies’ go, they are few and far between. It was only after I logged into my wife’s computer and saw this post on my Wall that I reaised it was more sinister than I had thought:
I sat and stared in disbelief at the screen as he then messaged me via Michelle’s account, pasting my sort code and account number proving he wasn’t bluffing. He then posted the same details onto my wall for the world to see before unfriending Michelle so I couldn’t see any more. He’d got my bank info after I had clearly given it to a friend/customer to deposit money into my account for a ticket or T shirt or ‘ting and ‘ting.
I was petrified. What if someone got into my bank account and cleared it out ? All that money, gone ! Gutted. I then remembered I don’t have a pot to piss in and saw the funny side of it.
He must have then spent the next few minutes or hours or however long it takes for these genius’ to work their magic, going through my account unfriending people, deleting my DJ Andy Ward page that had 4000+ friends in it, making The Vocal Booth Weekender event disappear etc etc.. He just went through basically being really hard.
It would be wrong of me to say it wasn’t an incovenience, because it was. Fortunately I did have some spare time to change all my passwords before I had to catch my flight which left my mind at ease as I flew to the UK. I sat on the plane trying to think about who I could have offended… I just didn’t have a clue. It was only when I landed in Bournemouth and was met by my good friend who immediately said “You know who it is, don’t you !!” I literally lol’d. Of course.. way too obvious. Someone I had upset by telling them about themselves had come back to haunt me.
When I got to a computer at my friend’s house I had received this email..
Well I definitely learned a thing or two that day, I can tell you !
I learned how very easy it is to access private information if you leave it in the open. I don’t want to challenge you to hack into any more of my accounts because the summer has just arrived in Spain and I’d rather be outside than sat here writing this. I’ve learnt that people need to be made aware of how vulnerable they are if certain people want to attack them, and so for that I thank you. My friends will no doubt thank you for now making them tighten up their own security so the same thing doesn’t happen to them. I also thank you for giving me the excuse to close down my Facebook account, something I have actually been meaning to do for some time. As I construct this blog my new DJ Andy Ward page is slowly accumulating friends… it’s like being stood in the DJ booth as people start to arrive into the club.. this time I am the first one in and I can watch as the buzz starts to build in anticipation for a cracking night…. come join us now here (click this link for my new DJ Andy Ward page).
I’m sure this incident has made many people consider how they use Facebook and the likes now, but you know what people, you can’t live in fear !
I guess I’ll never really know if it was meant to be an undercover attack or if you wanted me to realise it was you. All I do know is this, I’ve got about 20 different passwords to remember now, one of them is “Yourmom1234”.
I’ll fill you in on my weekend another day. Please paste a link of this on your Facebook wall ?