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Perry Hall Florist, An Internet Crimes Victim

Stealing internet contacts and deleting information from someone else's accoutn should be considered a crime!

Today someone hacked into the work email for Perry Hall Florist, PerryHallFlorist@yahoo.com and sent all of my contacts a notice that said I was in the Phillipines and needed $1700.00 to come home.  If that was not bad enough they somehow managed to erase all of my contacts so that I could not inform them of the hoax.  Not only were my contacts were erased but also all of my messages.  I called the baltimore county police but they said that this is not considered a crime.  Is it time to change some laws that would keep up with the technology?  They might not feel that this is a crime, but I feel that stealing peoples' information and using it with out permission is a crime.  Just like when a wallet is stolen I have been spending hours trying to get the word out and let everyone know.  The new email for us is PerryHallFlorist@gmail.com

Meanwhile to our lawmakers---it's time to battle the technology crimes!

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Jon February 01, 2013 at 06:18 PM
Tim, Great suggestion with the pw strength, bu it's possible it was not a password breach. Check out this article from ARS Technica: http://arstechnica.com/security/2013/01/how-yahoo-allowed-hackers-to-hijack-my-neighbors-e-mail-account/ I have been recommending to all my friends to move away from Yahoo,
Jon February 01, 2013 at 06:22 PM
While xkcd has been around for a while, I doubt that most people are familiar with it. Homer has a valid point that you should not visit a site that you are unfamiliar with. I would add to that though, if you feel that you need to go to a site from an email - google that address first. Google will often tell you if a site contains malware. Similarly, if you use Chrome as your web browser it will also warn you if a site has been found to have malware. It's not perfect, but it's better than nothing.
Tim February 01, 2013 at 06:59 PM
Homer is right about this, though. Phishing catches a lot of non-tech savvy people. They've gotten pretty good at it. Don't click on anything you aren't expecting. Better to throw out a legit email every once in a while.
Tim February 01, 2013 at 07:01 PM
oh wow, how about that! Nice find.
Tim February 01, 2013 at 07:01 PM
Unfortunately this. The internet is pretty much the wild west. I mean, you see it on this forum alone, but honestly if this was the worst of the internet, we'd be in fantastic shape.

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