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Oh the Irony

Hello everyone:

I want to share two things with all of you. This weekend has been stressful to say the least. I got hacked, severely, simply as that. All my email accounts are intercepted, Facebook profiles, bank account, phone applications and, of course, home computer. Whoever is doing this will not stop BUT whoever that person is doesn't count on the fact that I will not stop doing my job either. Ya, I wept the loss of data and the 400 dollars they managed to charge me directly from Facebook, I worked my way with the bank and had to start from scratch with the accounts info. But what now? Live and learn; learn to be smarter, to take more precautions, to handle information better and learn from my mistakes, come up with a different strategy and different means.
My attitude by no means makes it less of a serious matter; this is a felony, this a crime, this is identity theft and this can be punished by law. I don't want to disencourage anyone out there, I just want to be made an example out of why is so important to take into account all the precautions we can give to each other and we can get from the World Pulse staff as well from other informed, legitimate organizations.

The second thing I wanted to mention is that I saw the email Delphine sent and realized the link to the Digital Security Basics for Journalists, a guide created for the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, is broken and wanted to suggest and alternative to this guide. From the CPJ (Committee to Protect journalists) Journalist Security Guide; Covering the news in a dangerous and changing world; I've attached the link to it as well as the pdf file. Have a great start of the week everyone.



shahd's picture



I am sorry for what happened with you. I am an IT major person. I have some background about internet security. I can recognize the spam and virus quickly and I can always protect my data. I have a facebook account , two email accounts, twitter account, and a drop box account all for four or five years now, and luckily none of them were ever hacked or got their privacy settings broken. If you have any suspicions about anything, let me know so I can help you with tips to avoid this from happening again. I am here for any sort for help, for any woman.



Katherine Okerlund's picture

Thank you, but

Hi Shahd, thank you so much for offering your support, but I had all those email accounts for over eight years. Since I didn't own a computer for many of those years back in Colombia I got used to using library, school and college equipment that always had good security and I never, ever left any sessions open much less collected any viruses once I got my own computer. My laptop was my tool of work and I treated as such until I came to the united states and got my own desktop. Growing up in a country with journalists being killed left and right made me more than paranoid with my accounts; taking the usual precautions of changing passwords every week, making sure there were no sessions open and never giving away personal data in any website or leaving it in my emails.
My husband is an IT major person as well and he was surprised the level of commitment this person has. I thought as well I had clicked some add or something minor like that but in the aftermath of the virus scans and such we only found one hacktool in my desktop. That's all it took to take all my data away.
Thank you for stopping by and offering your support, it is very much appreciated.

Greengirl's picture

So sorry.........

How sad it is to learn about your losses. I am not an IT expert, but considering the high rates of cyber crimes and stalking recorded in my country, I am learning by the day to be very cautious. Your piece is also a very much needed reminder.

Wish you better times ahead as you continue to do your job.


Thank you so much for your kind words, I am learning by the day as well. Have a great day!

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