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Reason   Apr 12, 2009, 02:44pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Apr 12, 2009, 02:49pm EDT

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I got an email password reset notice from my gmail, in my primary email address. I didn't send it. I'm mildly concerned that someone has access to a third email and was hoping to gain access to my gmail as well with this reset.

My password procedures have not been the safest - reusing them here and there. I counted up through my bookmarks and have about 22 or so that I should probably reset.

Haven't run AV yet as that's going to take FOREVER, so I'm wary of resetting them from my main machine - conficker, keyloggers, etc. I figured I would boot from an Ubuntu live disk and change the passwords from there to mitigate those risks, and then run the AV.

The only other thing that's mildly suspicious is that I have been getting server not found errors randomly for about a month now. Yahoo can't be found? Craigslist can't be found? Makes me paranoid of a man-in-the-middle attack. F5 invariably fixes this right away but it is kind of weird.

My question is, what level of sophistication would be necessary to intercept my password resets done from the live disk? If it's just malware on my Windows install then booting from the live disk should eliminate any risk while I'm resetting the passwords, but if it's someone monitoring my transmissions then it's just the same. Yes, I'm paranoid; no I don't have any reason to believe anyone would do this other than steal my banking etc details, but those are pretty important to me.

Edit: running Avast Free, up to date, hasn't given any warnings, last scanned a month ago.


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kOrny Apr 12, 2009, 02:57pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Possibly hacked, safest way to reset multiple passwords?
So run an AV scan and change your passwords!

Reason   Apr 12, 2009, 03:24pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Possibly hacked, safest way to reset multiple passwords?
Don't make me mock you. Go read that post again.

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BoT Apr 12, 2009, 03:32pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Possibly hacked, safest way to reset multiple passwords?
could be that someone is trying to send out spam thru your gmail account and possibly has no idea where you pc is or who you are. just hijacking the account.

what security options do you have implemented so far.
i would defenitally recommaend a hardware firewall with at least SPI, better deep SPI = stateful package inspection
monitor your traffic from and to your machine
i would also contact google or google's gmail dept or better fraud/ security dept and report it.
maybe the email itself is spoof and just wanting you to follow it

i received a few very sophisticated spoof emails from paypal talking about my account is restricted or on temp hold and ask to verify my info. the email looked very real and actually came from a paypal email account but it was a dns hijack.

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kOrny Apr 12, 2009, 04:07pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Possibly hacked, safest way to reset multiple passwords?
well you said you havent scanned in a month and you are too scared to change your passwords because you think something is on your computer spying on you, which i doubt. if your up to date, you can make sure that nothing is on your computer and safely change your passwords. if someone trys to change your email again then you'll know someone or something is spying on you.

go ahead and mock me. im just trying to help.

Reason   Apr 12, 2009, 04:12pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Possibly hacked, safest way to reset multiple passwords?
Thanks bot. K0rny, my question wasn't "what do I do if I think I have a virus," it was "what are the chances my network traffic is being monitored by leet haxorz?" I appreciate the effort and I know the post was a bit long winded, but, I bolded what i was actually asking.

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kOrny Apr 12, 2009, 04:15pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Possibly hacked, safest way to reset multiple passwords?
well then the chances are very low if you are up to date.

Jules Apr 12, 2009, 04:28pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Possibly hacked, safest way to reset multiple passwords?
Gmail doesn't ask you to change your password.
Probably a spoof email. Ignore it and delete.
Log in to your own Gmail account yourself, and change your password there, if you are worried..
Yes - report the spoof email to the Gmail people.

I wonder why someone would want access to your Gmail account?

I had to change my Domain a while back when some ******* used it as a 'reply' address for spam email. **** frustrating when the hosting ISP declared they couldn't do anything about it.

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Jules Apr 12, 2009, 04:31pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Possibly hacked, safest way to reset multiple passwords?
And, on entering passwords:
Correct me if I am wrong folks.
I use the 'On screen keyboard" to enter passwords (always). That way 'keyloggers' cannot deduce the keys that you are hitting, because you are using mouse clicks.
I have the onscreen keyboard as an icon in the quick launch area for quick access.

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