FOWC — CONTROL? WHAT CONTROL? – Marilyn Armstrong

FOWC with Fandango — Control

If I thought that maybe I had finally gotten my online life under control, I was wrong. Again. It’s just getting worse and worse and there is no end in sight.

I just got this message.

Dear Marilyn,
As one of our registered users, we bring to your attention that on June 4, 2018, at 1pm EST we became aware of a data breach involving 92.3 million email addresses of MyHeritage users, and their hashed passwords (these are not actual passwords).
We learned about the breach when MyHeritage’s Chief Information Security Officer received a message from a security researcher that he had found a file named MyHeritage containing email addresses and hashed passwords, on a private server outside of MyHeritage. Our Information Security Team received the file from the security researcher, reviewed it, and confirmed that its contents originated from MyHeritage and included all the email addresses of users who signed up to MyHeritage up to October 26, 2017, and their hashed passwords. We made a public announcement about the breach within 8 hours of learning about it.
Your email address was one of the accounts in the data breach.
Immediately upon receipt of the file, MyHeritage’s Information Security Team analyzed the file and began an investigation to determine how its contents were obtained and to identify any potential exploitation of the MyHeritage system. We determined that the file was legitimate and included the email addresses and hashed passwords of 92,283,889 users who had signed up to MyHeritage up to and including Oct 26, 2017 which is the date of the breach. MyHeritage does not store user passwords, but rather a one-way hash of each password, in which the hash key differs for each customer. This means that anyone gaining access to the hashed passwords does not have the actual passwords.

That is more than 92 MILLION PEOPLE whose email addresses — at the least — have been breached. There is more to this information including that they are sure no one really got passwords. I’d like to believe them, but since this hack was way back last October and I’m only hearing about it NOW, I don’t know what to believe. At least they don’t store credit card numbers. I suppose I should be grateful at least for that … but do they now have my DNA results? They say not, but they could. AND my husband’s.

You want to know how we get hacked? This is it. Companies get hacked. Half the time, they don’t know they’ve been hacked until months later, after which they do everything in their power to cover it up.

Hackers don’t need to breach our personal computers. All they need is information they get from hacking the companies with whom we work. I’m beginning to wonder who has NOT been hacked. Which company I use has thus far been spared.

Has any large company been spared?

Anything that sounds too good to be true isn’t true. Anyone giving you something for free is lying. Calls from Microsoft or the make of your computer (Dell, for example, or Mac for another)?

It’s a hack.

I got a call from “Dell Customer Service” this morning. Although Dell hasn’t announced a breach, I’m guessing there has been one yet to be announced because hackers have my computers basic serial numbers– which unlike a password, are embedded in the computer. As are numbers for every computer made. That’s how we can identify where the information came from and to whence it is going.

There IS no safety as far as I can tell. Don’t talk to anyone on the phone if you have no reason to expect the call. If you have not contacted them and asked for a return call and given them a code word so you know it is actually the real people calling, HANG UP. No conversation. Don’t be cute. Don’t play mind games. Hang up. Immediately.

On another — yet somehow parallel concept — Donald Trump, our erstwhile national leader, seems to think he can trust Kim Jun On to “do the right thing” vis-à-vis nuclear arms. Right.

It’s another hack. Our NATIONAL hack.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.

17 thoughts on “FOWC — CONTROL? WHAT CONTROL? – Marilyn Armstrong”

  1. Hacking seems to be rife and nobody it seems can stop it. When it takes a company more than six months to tell you about it you do wonder if there was a cover up.
    I get those calls from “Microsoft” from time to time and even some who say they are calling from “Windows”. It does feel like the world is going mad with Trump and Kim suddenly best buddies and getting the Canadians so riled up that they might be the next ones to build a wall.


      1. They use so many tempting lures like “My heritage”, Trivia quizzes, “Classmates”, etc. Things that are really interesting. Guess that’s the bait for hackers. What a wonderful world….


    1. Us Canadians aren’t riled up – we’re massively disappointed – and scared. Who could have ever envisioned that the most powerful man on the planet would behave like a kid? A kid this a red button on his desk and millions of lives in his hands. That he doesn’t seem to care about.

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      1. I hope Canada boycotts Mickey Dees and cites MacCheesehead as the cause of your displeasure. Bad publicity is part of his achilles heel. Hold on, NO publicity is also a good weapon against Tiny Hands. His blathering about done deals with Little Kim is utterly disgusting. Hopefully, it’ll be a political disaster for him and not us.


        1. Canada doesn’t want to do any of this darn stuff!! We feel forced. Why would we want to harm America or Americans in any way? Quite the contrary. We also openly recognize that America is the unchallenged, undisputed Champion of the Free World. With you we aren’t even sitting here. We seek an agreement that benefits us both.
          It’s his Megalomania that’s the problem. I’ve never seen someone so utterly destroy their credibility as he has. His handshake and what he says mean nothing. He takes no counsel and the only people left in his cabinet are puppets. And he’s still got over 2 years to go. I would outwardly say this man exhibits dangerous signs of mental illness – and It’s to the point where we might hope he does something whereby he can impeached. A very sad state of affairs Garry. None of us benefits from having an unstable and volatile Leadership in the United States of America.


          1. I am embarrassed to be American. Trust me when I tell you: MOST AMERICANS DO NOT FEEL THAT WAY AT ALL. Not even a little bit. All I can do is say I’m sorry. I hate the man. I really hate him.


    1. They haven’t gotten anything from me. And they hacked more than 92 MILLION people. All the places I work with have been hacked. Probably you too. If you are keeping track, you have to wonder who HASN’T been hacked.

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  2. So sorry to hear about your troubles. When I finished getting my information from Ancestry I deleted all my information and closed my account. Good luck


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