TELsquisite has been my iPhone gmail account handle for 20 months, completely unknown to me, until tonight…
No, nothing that elaborate happened. My gmail account undergoes some very heavy sent mail usage on on this smartphone, with some days averaging up to one hundred replies, or more. So, I was completely dumbfounded when my Experts-Exchange friend Eric (Netminder) messaged me on YIM with the TELsquisite news.
[pullquote]Better to be prepared and think that you have been hacked, than to look for a simple typo in your email settings.[/pullquote]
The very first thought that went through my mind was — have I been hacked? I am paranoid like that. Better to be prepared and think that you have been hacked, than to look for a simple typo in your email settings.
It was only two years this month when a Malaysian activist hacker held a few of my accounts for tweet ransom, whereby, I agreed to tweet a link to a Wikipedia article regarding the upheaval in his country. I had no problem doing that. I may have screamed a bit on Twitter (enough to get Brian Krebs attention). I even spoke with my hacker on Facebook chat, he seemed to be a nice enough guy. He spoke to me through my test Facebook account. Did I just admit to that? (Oops!) His request was simple, all I had to do was tweet his message and do my part to get the word out…and he would return all my accounts to me. Sweet hacker!
I’ve always been the type of gal who is generally meticulous about typos. I go through any posts, tweets, emails that I send, with a fine-tooth comb. I’ve always considered how grammatical or spelling errors will reflect on me, in a professional sense. I continually fight with the use of was and were. In what context — when can I divorce the subjunctive? It’s an ongoing struggle, much like the insomnia that has been prevalent in my life over the past three weeks. Did I put that comma in the right place?
[pullquote]Yes, crazy thoughts indeed, but, I prefer paranoia over complacency.[/pullquote]
If you are in infosec, you know all about that sick feeling that you get (in the pit of your stomach) when you think that you have been compromised. I absorbed that sick feeling tonight when Eric sent me the screenshot above. All kinds of thoughts began to bubble up and spew. Telsquisite. This handle is new. It must be quite recent. Is it a bad app? Do I wipe my phone and replace it with good backup? Who do I contact? Has my Gmail account been compromised? Are the Feds messing with my phone because I typed a “subway” into a search engine? Yes, crazy thoughts indeed, but, I prefer paranoia over complacency.
I am the butt of of my own typo
I would find it hysterically funny if Eric was the only person to notice this typo. It’s been hanging around for 20 months. Considering the volume of iPhone Gmail that I respond to via this account, somebody else must have recognized the difference between L and K. Or maybe not. It took Eric 20 months to get back to me! Let me know what you think by leaving your comments at my blog. BTW, all comments are moderated because I have a Blackhat affiliate following…