Last week’s post on what to do if your email is hacked (see, Hack Attack! What to Do if Your Email is Hacked) unfortunately has become the second most popular post ever on The Wonder of Tech. That’s in spite of the fact that I only published the post last week. I wish no one needed information about what to do when their email accounts are hacked, but sadly that’s not the case.
Just yesterday, Google revealed that Chinese hackers attacked Gmail accounts, obtaining access from many users, including senior US government officials. (See, Targeted Cyber Attacks an ‘Epidemic’, BBC News, June 2, 2011) The attacks were sophisticated “spear phishing” schemes that fooled Gmail users into thinking they were logging into their Gmail accounts when instead they were entering their passwords into a fake Gmail login page.
As the incidents of email hacking become more widespread, The Wonder of Tech wonders, has your email account ever been hacked? Have you ever clicked on a malicious link that caused problems? Vote in today’s poll and let us know!
If your email account was hacked or you clicked on a malicious link in an email, what happened? If you haven’t been hacked yet, how do you protect yourself? Let us know in the Comments section below!
* Image by Christopher Baron