A hacker tried to steal from us!
June 7, 2009 8:55am CST
A certain Andrew Miles from www.blastbux.com has hacked my husband's paypal account. We were out of town today and we didn't not bring our laptop or netbook with us, so its quite a puzzle to have a failed transaction we never even made; more from a website he never even signed up. Obviously Andrew Miles was able to hacked my husband's paypal account or was able to get the debit card from somewhere. We were really careful in transacting business online and I wonder how he is able to do it! I hate him! I hate all hackers in the world! My husband checked his email the moment we arrived at home just this evening and he was surprised by a mail coming from paypal notifying him that the payment has failed coz there's a problem with the credit card and will try send the payment again on June 10, he already sent a message to paypal regarding the unauthorized transaction. Obviously it will fail coz its empty. We only fund it everytime we're going to use it. I'm just irritated with the fact that this things do occur. I'm just saying this as a precautionary measure for everybody who will sign up at blastbux. Discuss if you have further comments regarding the issue.
• Cambridge, England
9 Jun 09
Blastbux and Nomincashout are, apparently, run by this same Andrew Miles. If you haven't already done so, you need to immediately inform PayPal of this unauthorised transaction and to change your PayPal password. Change it to a secure password, different from any password that you use anywhere else. It should preferably be 8 characters or longer, not a 'dictionary' word or one that might be guessable by anyone who might have any information about you and include upper and lowercase characters and numbers. It should also NEVER be written down anywhere or given to unauthorised people and should, of course, be unique - especially if it protects your PayPal account or bank details. There are several ways of making a very secure password. One of the best I have seen is to take a phrase of 8 words or more that is well known to you and to use some simple rules to create a password as follows: Let us say that you chose Nelson's message to the fleet at Trafalgar: England expects that every man should do his duty. Taking the initial letters, you get: eetemsdhd. To make it harder to guess (and also much harder to steal if anyone happens to watch you type it), change some of the letters to upper case (passwords are always case-sensitive): EeTeMsDhD or eeTemSdhD. This might be quite a strong password but you can make it even stronger by substituting numerals for some or the letters. A common way of doing this is to use lookalikes: 1=lowercase L or I, 2=Z, 3=E, 4=A (or F), 5=S, 6=lowercase B, 7=L (upside down), 8=B, 9=g or q, 0=o. This might give you, for example 33T3m5dhD. You might think that this is impossible to remember but it is easily broken down into 3 groups of three characters and, since you know the code you used in the first place, can be reconstructed if you do forget it. You can, of course, use a word known to you and apply the same principles: The phrase 'kamusta ka' would be very insecure, of course, but write it as 'k4Mu5TaK4' and it would take a while to guess, even if someone knew the phrase. Take some time to make some secure passwords. Write them down, if you wish, on paper that you keep somewhere safe in a way that might not be obvious to anyone reading them.
9 Jun 09
Thanks Owlwings... actually that's how we use passwords for a very long time. Known phrases with a combination of upper and lower case numbers, I have also included some numbers and special characters... and I hope his nose bleeds trying to decipher the meaning of the code.
7 Jun 09
I symphatize with you! I was also a victim of this hackers and i really hate them also. They are more than a theift because they donot stole only information or your money but they stole your identity and all the info about you. I hope that someday there will be an international law that will punished all those hackers.
7 Jun 09
Hi, Oh dear your infomation is very useful for us right here. Thanks for sharing and give your bad experience about money online transaction in internet. I am very appreciate it. Nowdays its very much online criminals. how can will be more safer about that. Thank you about blastbut dot com. I will never near on that site.....
• United States
7 Jun 09
Wow I am so sorry that you got hacked. I hate hackers as well. My paypal and ebay account were hacked once. Paypal took care of everything and I got the money back but it was a pain. I had to change everything from my credit card number to my passwords to everything. I wish you guys luck trying to fix everything.