dangerous friends

United States
March 20, 2007 10:23am CST
I want to let you all know that for the first time while updating "my friends" list I went into one of my "friends" profiles and I received a pop up warning from my security system advising me that this was a potential spy page and had "blocked" it. This friend has changed her ID in the past couple of weeks so I really don't know what is going on but I do think it is important to let you know that hackers can try and get in through your "friends"
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28 responses
@TriciaW (2441)
• United States
20 Mar 07
Oh great. I suppose those people just don't have a good life so they thrive on making others unhappy too. It is really sad I think. If they have that much knowledge of computers why don't they put it to good use? I knew of a 16 year old who was a hacker and he hacked into a University and changed grades and then got board with that and hacked into a bank and changed accounts numbers. This child had so much knowledge but no parental supervision and no outlet for his knowledge except to do bad things with it. I just find that so very sad. Of course he was caught and he was not allowed computer access for many years. He of course got on a computer and messaged me to tell me what he had done. I did not know him personally except through the computer. I told him at that time that he should be putting his knowledge to good use. So I bet now he is in a jail some where because he was never given a good outlet for his knowledge. It really is just sad.
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@AmbiePam (48108)
• United States
20 Mar 07
My cousin was eight when he hacked into the heating system of their local Tulsa K-Mart. He raised the temperature to 90 degrees before the police were able to trace the hacker and then they showed up on his parent's doorstep. It's crazy what people can do.
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• Ireland
20 Mar 07
Thanks for the alert. If this had happened to me I don't think I would have known what was going on and I probably would have just ignored it. I suppose we should be careful too not to give any personal information in pms for the same reason. I hope I haven't got that 'friend' on my list.
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@marciascott (25555)
• United States
20 Mar 07
I noticed that, they do have hackers here on Mylot. I was going to start a discussion about that but Mylot might deduct my earnings so I didn't do it. I notice the things that is said on Mylot, someone will email me, unknown email. they know what I have talked about I have been noticing this for a long time. it is hackers here. because how do they know what I talk about in Mylot? their are hackers here.
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• China
21 Mar 07
Oh,really thank you for your advice,I really don't know that there are hackers in our friends list.I havn't care about that before,I always approve the request.I think if he want to add me then he must know me well then I add him too.
@rubypatson (1842)
• India
21 Mar 07
Hey I never knew that, anyways I will be careful in future, thanks for letting us know
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@Stephanie5 (2947)
• United States
21 Mar 07
OH how nice, geesh. I think those people really need to get a life! I mean, seriously, can't they find anything better to do? Why do so many people have to be so destructive and mean? It's just not safe to do ANYTHING anymore!
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@jennybianca (12915)
• Australia
21 Mar 07
The trouble with popup warnings, is that often they can't really distinguish between a good site & bad. Although it is a bit odd that this friend would change her ID. Thanks for the warning.
@AmbiePam (48108)
• United States
20 Mar 07
Thanks for the advice. I'll be more observant now.
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@mummymo (23709)
20 Mar 07
Wow - I would never have thought of that! Do you think these 'ghost friends' that are popping up are something to do with this too? Thanks for the warning!
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@decimus785 (1421)
• Aruba
20 Mar 07
This is probably a software that captures and analyzes Web traffic.
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• Grand Junction, Colorado
21 Mar 07
Hello whiteheather, I wanted to clarify something on what you ran into here at mylot. What i believe has happened is their is a shout box that was left as a comment in the members profile. This was happening to me and a number of my friends a little over a month ago. Couldn't figure out why all of a sudden I was getting this. I was actually worried that mylot wasn't a reputable site as it happened right after joining. I'm providing a link for you that should explain what happened. Hope this helps to clear this up. I do have a question though as I have been trying to change my daughters user name here do you have the members profile that I might contact them to see how the were able to change their user name. As I have been unable to do it and everything that I have read has been said that it can't be done. If you could pm that would be great. Thank you. http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/803808.aspx
• United States
21 Mar 07
Thanks for the link. He is not the one I'm talking about but He is one of my friends and it was a very good posting. Here is the link where she is re-introducing herself. http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/858520.aspx
@GardenGerty (96643)
• Marion, Kansas
21 Mar 07
By changed her id, do you mean avatar, or name and avatar? Is there something we should be doing to protect ourselves? I have a popup blocker, and I do scans and clean ups periodically. Maybe not so often as I should. Thank you for the warning.
• United States
21 Mar 07
Both!
@Tsferrets (421)
• United States
23 Mar 07
I check their profile first before I let them be on my friends list and I have had 2 of those so I shut them off quick..Got to be careful out there..check into things and keep up to date...Tammy
@gabs8513 (48764)
• United Kingdom
23 Mar 07
Hi there Heather and thank you for the warning Lucky enough it has not happened to me yet but I did guess that this could happen Love and Hugs to you
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@ydnac22 (804)
• Philippines
21 Mar 07
Ohhh..this terrible..never expect this happenes here. Anyway thank you very much for letting us know.Hope mylot will find more effective ways how to tract them. Thanks a lot!:)
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• Romania
21 Mar 07
Thanks for the advice.
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@meljessxena (2319)
• Australia
21 Mar 07
oh my goodness. thank for this information i think i be thinking twice now who i accept as friends thats for sure.
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@NatureBoy (493)
• Singapore
21 Mar 07
thanks for the warning heather. Think that will benefit a lot of us and also give some deterrence to the hackers.
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
21 Mar 07
wow thanks for the head up I havent run ito this yet and hope I dont ever
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@friendship (2085)
• Canada
21 Mar 07
Thanks for your advice. I've encountered some profiles where there are pop-up warnings when I visited them. I don't know why some profiles have such pop-up warnings.
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