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Was PhotonLight.com Hacked?

February 10, 2013 Leave a comment

I have blogged about the possible hacking of DnyDns and Infonec.

Today I am blogging about the the company who makes the Photon Light, a brilliant tiny LED-based flashlight. I own 2 of them.

The situation (once again…)

I use a separate unique e-mail address with almost every company / entity that I deal with. This helps me identify the source of any spam or unauthorized sales of my e-mail address because the only groups that know said addresses are myself and the individual company I am dealing with.

For example, I use a unique e-mail address for this WordPress account. So if I hypothetically started receiving spam urging me to “Enlarge your *****” at that e-mail address, I know that either WordPress was hacked or they sold my address.

Fast Forward To Today (Once Again…)

I received a spam e-mail for some “Asian Bride” website at the e-mail address used for PhotonLight.com. The only parties outside myself that know this address are my e-mail services provider (who hosts dozens of these forwarders) and PhotonLight.com. How did the spammers get my e-mail address? You, the reader, can connect the dots.

General Recommendations

Everybody should use unique passwords for every website / service. This is because, if one site gets compromised, your information might be used to compromise your accounts on other sites. If you used a password on Photonlight.com that was used elsewhere, you should change those passwords immediately.

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Was Dyn DNS Hacked?

October 31, 2012 1 comment

Similar to the apparent re-hacking of Infonec, the lovely e-mail privacy service SneakeMail has again exposed another possible security breach.

The e-mail address I use on the Dyn service is unique and randomly generated. The only parties that have the address are myself and Dyn.

Today, I received a phishing message at that e-mail. How did the crooks get my address? You connect the dots!

I recommend that all users of Dyn change their passwords.

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Was Infonec Hacked? (Again?)

October 9, 2012 1 comment

Last year, I blogged about a possible hacking of Infonec.

Ken from Infonec management was nice enough to give us an update on the situation, and recommended that users update their password frequently.

After that incident, I changed the unique forwarding address for my Infonec account. The only parties that know this address are myself, Infonec and my mail-forwarding service.

This week, I received “Viagra” spam at this new unique address. How did spammers get the address? I think Infonec has some security holes. Again.

Lessons Learned:

  1. Don’t use the same password across many sites. If just one site gets hacked, all of your accounts could be compromised.
  2. Use a forwarding service like Sneakemail so you can cut off compromised addresses, and so spammers won’t get the e-mail addresses for your other accounts.

In the past, I spent thousands of dollars at Infonec. Still, I haven’t shopped there in years. The closing of their Mississauga branch and opening of a local NCIX sealed the deal. This kind of incident makes me less likely to shop at Infonec in the future.

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Was Infonec Hacked?

June 7, 2011 7 comments

The situation

I use a separate unique e-mail address with almost every company / entity that I deal with. This helps me identify the source of any spam or unauthorized sales of my e-mail address because the only groups that know said addresses are myself and the individual company I am dealing with.

For example, I use a unique e-mail address for this WordPress account. So if I hypothetically started receiving spam urging me to “Enlarge your *****” at that e-mail address, I know that either WordPress was hacked or they sold my address.

Fast Forward To Today

I received messages indicating that someone opened and closed a PayPal account under the e-mail address known to only myself and Infonec.

How did they get my address? You connect the dots.

At the very least, I think that all people with accounts at Infonec should change their passwords.

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This Is Online Service Management Done Right – TripAdvisor

March 24, 2011 Leave a comment

I wish that all online services were this honest and forthcoming.

TripAdvisor takes the high road!

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Message from advisor indicating that their site was hacked and information was stolen

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