His ex is Hacking my email!

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    Feb 04, 2012 1:16 AM GMT
    Unbelievable silly! I know! yet true! the sad part is I've only been in 2 dates with the guy its nothing serious, yet I know his ex is hacking me because of some weird (non confrontative) message he sent me.

    this guy keeps changing my hotmail, yahoo and fb passwords, I had to create new accounts for twitter and fb, so they would be safer, yet the account I use for IM (msn) is not.

    first of all how can I protect my accounts, costumer support seems to be useless on yahoo and hotmail, I cant even seem to be able to email them.

    I have his IP adress from and email he forgot to delete when he changed my gmail account, yet I dont seem able to get an acurrate location, any suggestions?
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    Feb 04, 2012 1:49 AM GMT
    You need to change all your passwords to something complicated, and then you need to change every email associated with those accounts to a complicated password as well.

    If you have security questions, you need to change them to something personal and not obvious to others.

    Should be okay after that. I seriously doubt its doing anything other than very basic stuff, I wouldn't even call it hacking.
  • Nayro

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    Feb 04, 2012 2:50 AM GMT
    what is basic stuff?

    I find if some1 gets into your private email and other accounts he is definitely hacking it. No matter how easy it is. It is not his business.
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    Feb 04, 2012 3:44 AM GMT
    Daelin saidwhat is basic stuff?

    I find if some1 gets into your private email and other accounts he is definitely hacking it. No matter how easy it is. It is not his business.


    I mean he's probably not actually hacking in the sense that he's breaking into the hotmail/yahoo/facebook services. Most of the time its just guessing a simple password, or at worst using a program to guess the password.

    If you learn the password to an email account, then you can use email password/username recovery for most sites.. and reset it from there.
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    Feb 04, 2012 3:48 AM GMT
    What you should be worried about is how much this guy you're dating must be talking about you to his ex for the ex to know enough about you to guess your passwords and know the correct answers to your security questions.
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    Feb 04, 2012 4:08 AM GMT
    adam228 said
    Daelin saidwhat is basic stuff?

    I find if some1 gets into your private email and other accounts he is definitely hacking it. No matter how easy it is. It is not his business.


    I mean he's probably not actually hacking in the sense that he's breaking into the hotmail/yahoo/facebook services. Most of the time its just guessing a simple password, or at worst using a program to guess the password.

    If you learn the password to an email account, then you can use email password/username recovery for most sites.. and reset it from there.


    I can asure you there is no way he could possibly know the passwords (HP spells with numbers icon_redface.gif )

    my guess is he broke into my hotmail account and then into the linked accounts such as fb, tw, yahoo, gmail, etc. this is like the 5th time all my passwords are change, what can I do?
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    Feb 04, 2012 4:33 AM GMT
    Writrboi said
    adam228 said
    Daelin saidwhat is basic stuff?

    I find if some1 gets into your private email and other accounts he is definitely hacking it. No matter how easy it is. It is not his business.


    I mean he's probably not actually hacking in the sense that he's breaking into the hotmail/yahoo/facebook services. Most of the time its just guessing a simple password, or at worst using a program to guess the password.

    If you learn the password to an email account, then you can use email password/username recovery for most sites.. and reset it from there.


    I can asure you there is no way he could possibly know the passwords (HP spells with numbers icon_redface.gif )

    my guess is he broke into my hotmail account and then into the linked accounts such as fb, tw, yahoo, gmail, etc. this is like the 5th time all my passwords are change, what can I do?


    File a police report. Most people who get hacked have no idea who did it, but you know who it is. It's identity theft.
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    Feb 04, 2012 4:44 AM GMT
    Writrboi said
    adam228 said
    Daelin saidwhat is basic stuff?

    I find if some1 gets into your private email and other accounts he is definitely hacking it. No matter how easy it is. It is not his business.


    I mean he's probably not actually hacking in the sense that he's breaking into the hotmail/yahoo/facebook services. Most of the time its just guessing a simple password, or at worst using a program to guess the password.

    If you learn the password to an email account, then you can use email password/username recovery for most sites.. and reset it from there.


    I can asure you there is no way he could possibly know the passwords (HP spells with numbers icon_redface.gif )

    my guess is he broke into my hotmail account and then into the linked accounts such as fb, tw, yahoo, gmail, etc. this is like the 5th time all my passwords are change, what can I do?


    Key logger maybe, (monitors keystrokes) I don't know THAT much about it. It depends on how psycho this guy is. Maybe you should change the passwords and then avoid using your boyfriends computer just in case.
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    Feb 06, 2012 3:44 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidOn gmail you can also create an extra form of security by creating a two step log in process. You first enter your password but then gmail sends you a text message with a security code that you receive on your cellphone. You have to do this every time you log in and the code that is sent to you is several digits and always changes. It's a bit annoying but it has helped me have a better sense of protection when I thought my account was accessed by someone.


    I actually did that on FB, Its worked so far, no luck with hotmail or Yahoo that keep getting changed =/
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    Feb 06, 2012 3:45 AM GMT
    Report them
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    Feb 06, 2012 4:08 AM GMT
    Sounds to me like he's installed software that monitors your key strokes. If that's the case, you can change your password all you want and he's still going to know it.
  • matt13226

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    Feb 06, 2012 4:19 AM GMT
    yahoo or hotmail has to have some sort of password reset i would rechange all of your passwords and then stick to only using your computer or if his ex did install a password key user i would delete it.
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    Feb 06, 2012 4:27 AM GMT
    My understanding is that this can be construed as stalking and I believe hacking an email and sending messages out is at least a misdemeanor crime (consult a lawyer).
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    Feb 06, 2012 3:12 PM GMT
    adam228 said

    Should be okay after that. I seriously doubt its doing anything other than very basic stuff, I wouldn't even call it hacking.


    Hacking has very little to do with sophisticated tools or methods used to bypass computer security. It is more the action itself, the intent and being successful at it. Social engineering plays a major role in hacking.

    to the OP:

    Some web services allow you to enter your phone number for security reasons. Use this feature more often. It is not guaranteed the same person who accessed your account wont be able to change it but it is very unlikely unless they have your phone.
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    Feb 06, 2012 3:27 PM GMT
    I don't at all understand this.

    You went on two dates with someone, and now HIS ex (not him, not YOUR ex) has gotten access to your computer accounts? HOW?

    Does 1.) this guy still allow his ex access to his computer, and you used the computer?

    Or 2.) did you allow this person you have been on two dates with access to YOUR computer?

    Or 3.) is his ex The Matrix?

    In any event if this is a recurring thing I would suggest doing a thorough scan of your own computer, file a police report and give them the information you have. There are only so many ISP's in any given market and it should be simple enough by studying the IP address to determine which one he uses. If you (or better yet the police) confront them with the information that you can demonstrate it's their customer engaging in illegal activity, they should be obligated to respond as I am sure this is a terms of service violation for most carriers.

    A server my BF and I lease was hacked and started sending spam and they came down on us like a ton of bricks before we even knew it was happening, so there is definitely some aspect of law enforcement paying attention to this stuff. In my experience it is hard to get small/suburban police departments to act very much on this stuff as they probably just don't have anybody who understands it. But if you can figure out who the ISP is and put pressure on them, they should help.

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    Feb 06, 2012 3:49 PM GMT
    I would have the authorities involved and take him to court for invading your personal life. You clearly have evidence and a case.
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    Feb 06, 2012 5:52 PM GMT
    Augustine92 saidI would have the authorities involved and take him to court for invading your personal life. You clearly have evidence and a case.



    You are the fourth person to suggest this and the OP has not responded to this idea. He knows exactly who is doing the hacking and many people that are the victim of hacking do not have the luxury of that information. Even if the OP does not know exactly where the person doing the hacking is located, the ex boyfriend of the guy does and the OP went on two dates with this guy. As soon as the cops contact the ex trying to get information, the ex will probably pass that information to the guy doing the hacking and the problem will end immediately. This is such an obvious solution that I am starting to wonder if there is more to the conflict between the three involved than what the OP is letting on.
  • Sk8Tex

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    Feb 06, 2012 6:06 PM GMT
    There is no way he is using a password cracker as they are not that advanced and most companies have figured ways (like 8 years ago) of implementing features to defeat them. (ie; captcha, timeouts on retries, etc) While still possible to some degree.. for him to crack a password 5 times in a short time would be impossible.

    Check your computer for key loggers or trojans.

    I suggest you get something with an antivirus as well as a strong firewall.

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    I paid for the subscription 2 1/2 years ago and havent had a single malware problem since. (And I get into those sorts of things..)
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    Feb 06, 2012 6:17 PM GMT
    call swat team on his assicon_mad.gif