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Watch out: Unauthorised Password Change
Thread poster: Hipyan Nopri

Hipyan Nopri  Identity Verified
Indonesia
Local time: 00:21
English to Indonesian
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Dec 7, 2006

Hi fellow translators,

When I wanted to log in to my Moneybookers account by filling in my email address and password this morning, a surprising message displayed, "the password does not match the recorded password in our site.'

I tried it again several times just in case I press a wrong key but to no avail. Finally, I pressed the Forget Password button and successfully retrieved my new password.

This case indicates that someone else has changed my password unauthorisedly. Fortunately, I always leave my account empty. Imagine what would happen if I have some money in my account.

Therefore, watch out for unauthorised password change of your Internet account!

Best Regards

Hipyan Nopri


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Francesco Damiani  Identity Verified
Local time: 19:21
French to Italian
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HOW? Dec 7, 2006

How could he do something likethat? Perhaps did you

trust "a false friend?"

Bye


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Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 10:21
English to German
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Alarming Dec 7, 2006

Just make sure to establish a new password, a complicated one with garbled words and numbers, one that can't be found in any dictionary - don't use the old one any longer - and notify their help desk.

Two days ago I visited the website of a credit card company to pay my bill and it displayed a bank account number that wasn't mine! I called the company immediately and was told that the site was undergoing some changes and that I should refrain from using the website for the next two days until the bug is fixed. Terrific.

Things like this are giving me the creeps.


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Els Hoefman  Identity Verified
Local time: 19:21
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Credit card Dec 7, 2006

It's amazing how dangerous the Internet is these days. My husband knows a lot about computers and the Internet and he is very strict with security measures on our computers. Nevertheless I got a call from the credit card company this week saying that someone had used my credit card data to gamble in an on-line casino! I am so grateful that the credit card company noticed that the transaction was fishy and that they called me to check, or I would have lost almost 1,000 euros (to start with). My husband is now testing a new all-in-one security product from MacAfee which seems to be very reliable. I'll keep my fingers crossed...

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Hipyan Nopri  Identity Verified
Indonesia
Local time: 00:21
English to Indonesian
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It is really unbelievable Dec 8, 2006

In fact, I have a tough password that is a combination of fifteen alternating numbers and letters. I have never told anybody of this password. In addition, I only give my email address exclusively used for Moneybookers account to my clients.

Unfortunately, the Webmaster did not give satisfactory explanation of how it could happen but standard general procedure to avoid the same case in the future.

The case proves the real weakness of advanced technology. On one hand, it facilitates our activities. On the other hand, it makes us exposed to various technological crimes.

P.S.: I have just logged in to my Moneybookers account and found a message, '3 failed login attempts since your last successful login.'
It seems that the invader keeps trying to break my password again. May he fail this time because I have changed my password to an extremely complicated one.

[Edited at 2006-12-08 03:15]


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Harry Hermawan  Identity Verified
Indonesia
Local time: 00:21
Member (2005)
English to Indonesian
Password theft/ website fraud Dec 8, 2006

It's a way to get to your password. A word from the wise: NEVER give out password.

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Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 10:21
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Hackers get your password anyway Dec 8, 2006

If it's not a strong, complicated one.

I just finished translating a website about data security. It was an extensive course, offered to companies to have their employees trained in security management. What I learned was more than I ever wanted to know.

Hackers are using engines that try out any letter combination that can be found in any dictionary in any language. It takes seconds. Then they will try letter and number combinations. Then they will try additional combinations. Again, within seconds.

As long as your password doesn't consist of senseless combinations of numbers, letters, special characters and upper and lower case, they will get you. There is no need to actually give out your password to another person. They have machines for that.


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Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
United States
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I guess it's time to call the police Dec 8, 2006

It's a bank account, after all.

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Oliver Walter  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 18:21
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German to English
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That could be stopped Dec 8, 2006

Nicole Schnell wrote:
Hackers are using engines that try out any letter combination that can be found in any dictionary in any language. It takes seconds. Then they will try letter and number combinations. Then they will try additional combinations. Again, within seconds.

That ought to be impossible in practice nowadays, because after a certain number of failed attempts to log in, the account should be blocked and the user informed. I wonder how many login systems on the web have such a method.
Oliver


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