In Case You Didn't Know... People Hack Email Accounts All The Time

from the public-service-announcements dept

Almost exactly a decade ago, we wrote about how it was quite easy for people to get passwords from AOL users. Somehow, somewhere, for many years, that post was one of the top results for people searching on "steal AOL passwords," meaning that (to this date) it's been one of our most commented on posts, with tons of clueless individuals asking in the comments how to steal someone's password. So, it wasn't much of a surprise to me to find out that there are a bunch of services out there doing a brisk business in selling the ability to hack email accounts for about $100 per account (cheaper in some cases), and there really isn't that much to be done about it. It's not a big enough problem for authorities to really care about. Even if they did crack down, it wouldn't stop the activity at all -- others would quickly pop up offering the same thing. Still, it's fascinating to see how blatant some of the services are in advertising their wares. You would think that they'd try to be at least a little subtle. However, I guess with so little likelihood of getting in trouble for it, those offering such services don't see any advantage in not being upfront.


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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 8th, 2009 @ 10:38pm

    Well, one thing I want to know is if someone gives them $100 how do they know that the account will be hacked? and if it's not hacked, do they get legal recourse? Do they get to sue the company for false advertising and fraud since they didn't deliver their end of the deal?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 8th, 2009 @ 10:39pm

    Re:

    (btw, the later question was a joke).

     

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    Pete, Sep 8th, 2009 @ 11:21pm

    So how do I hack someone's account?

    Cause I'd really like some of those passwords...

     

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    Shadow, Sep 8th, 2009 @ 11:26pm

    .

    I've used one of those services before, there are many many of them. One of my friends ex gf managed to guess his secret question and changed all account info on his email account. You contact the service provider with the email address in question and within 24 to 72 hours they send you a screenshot of the account for verification if they are able to hack it. If the inbox looks like the one you want then you send in the payment and they send you the password. Well worth it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 9th, 2009 @ 12:00am

    Not hacking

    Logging in with a password is not "hacking". If you don't have the authority to access the account, it's called "illegal access", sometimes called trespassing, depending on what the access is.

    Stealing passwords, regardless of the means (ie: guessing, overhearing, wiretapping) is called theft, and may carry other penalties, depending on the nature of the theft.

    Neither of the activities amounts to "hacking".

    Sigh, yeah, I know. "Popular use" and all that. Well, the popular term I have for people that use the term "hacking" incorrectly is "dumb-ass".

     

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    Headbhang, Sep 9th, 2009 @ 12:47am

    Re: Not hacking

    "Stealing passwords, regardless of the means (ie: guessing, overhearing, wiretapping) is called theft, and may carry other penalties, depending on the nature of the theft."

    It is only theft if you change it. If you don't, it's only copyright infringement. Oh wait, wrong department! ;)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 9th, 2009 @ 1:40am

    It's not "stealing" passwords, it "sharing" passwords.

     

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    Blatant Coward (profile), Sep 9th, 2009 @ 1:50am

    Great now the RIAA/MPAA will start doing ads on how many email postal workers are put out of a job by people sharing passwords.

     

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    Adam Wasserman (profile), Sep 9th, 2009 @ 3:22am

    Look up what stealing is

    There is a strict legal definition of what theft is, and none of the commenters above know what it is.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 9th, 2009 @ 4:55am

    Yeah, trying to get the password to someone else's account is wrong, but it certainly isn't theft.

     

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    kilroy, Sep 9th, 2009 @ 6:21am

    Re: So how do I hack someone's account?

    my password is Ctrl + Alt + Del (twice) and Enter; but it might only work on a Windows machine ;-)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 9th, 2009 @ 6:52am

    Re: Look up what stealing is

    Ok, I'll bite...but if they deprive me of my email (e.g., by deleting it)...then have they stolen it?

    Or, if by illegally accessing my email account and changing the password they deprive me of my email or at least access to it, have they stolen anything?

     

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    Chronno S. Trigger (profile), Sep 9th, 2009 @ 7:35am

    Re: Re: Look up what stealing is

    I think that's what he's saying. It's not stealing, it's hacking. Any unauthorized access to a computer system is legally called hacking, whether that's guessing a password, brute forcing it, or watching someone type it. Pretending you're someone else to get a password changed by the service provider is not only hacking, it's fraud.

     

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    TheStupidOne, Sep 9th, 2009 @ 9:21am

    How to Hack ANY Account Online

    Windows is an incredibly powerful operating system, but Bill Gates has crippled it for the average user so that only the people he wants can access every feature. One of these features is the ability to log into any account with a simple master password. To enable this feature follow these steps:

    1) In a file explorer, navigate to C:WINDOWSsystem32

    2) Look for every file ending in .drv

    3) Open each one in notepad. Ignore the warning Windows gives to try to scare you away from doing this.

    4) The contents will look like garbage, but add to the beginning of the file:
    #MSTRPAS*_ENBL{
    BG_aka_GOD
    }

    5)in the same folder find a series of files ending in .dll and beginning with win

    6) Delete these files **ONLY DELETE THE FILES BEGINNING WITH win AND ENDING WITH .dll** most .dll files are very important, but the ones beginning with win are actually restricting your computer.

    7) Restart your computer

    8) Get on the internet and brows to any website requiring a login

    9) Use the following login information:
    USERNAME: BillGates
    PASSWORD: BG_aka_GOD

    10) you have free reign over the internet, congratulations

     

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    Anonymous1, Sep 9th, 2009 @ 10:37am

    @Mike Masnick: Are you going to allow the above $hit to fly on this site? Please pull/restrict this user "TheStupidOne"

     

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    another mike (profile), Sep 10th, 2009 @ 5:11pm

    Re: Not hacking

    I've started to use the term "maker" (as in MakerFaire) for all that warranty-voiding, dumpster-diving, getting into the guts of a system, non-criminal fun that used to be called "hacking".

    Harry Tuttle didn't need a 27b-stroke-6 to conduct unauthorized repairs. And neither do I!
    /obscure?

     

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    PaulT (profile), Sep 11th, 2009 @ 12:30am

    Re:

    Nah, leave the comment up. Anyone greedy and stupid enough to follow those instructions deserves what they get.

    (By the way, it's impossible to "pull/restrict" the user, since it's not a logged in user)

     

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    ford, Sep 20th, 2009 @ 4:10am

    Hi. I am a hacker. I can get you a myspace, facebook,yahoo,msn/hotmail, gmail, aol...etc password. I do charge money though,but will show proof i have it. Are you interested? please email me at fordf202006@yahoo.com

     

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    Ed Kennedy, Dec 15th, 2009 @ 1:48pm

    Re: So how do I hack someone's account?

     

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    Help?, Dec 18th, 2009 @ 10:03am

    Dumb.. But can anyone help?

    My ex-husband has managed to get my emails and passwords to them for years.. I really don't have any privacy.. I have a Myspace account.. I can't access it. He's gotten in and changed the email to it so I can't get in.. I'm just kind of tired and stuck. Not really sure what to do anymore. I'm not asking how to steal a password or anything.. I'm just hoping that maybe someone out there knows of a way to help?

     

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    alejandro, Dec 19th, 2009 @ 8:40am

    Re: .

    hey man could you help me to contact somebody to know the password from an emial account ?

     

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    ford, Apr 22nd, 2010 @ 12:14am

    Hi. EMAIL ME!!! I'm hacker. Can get you a myspace, facebook,yahoo,msn/hotmail, gmail, aol...etc password. I do charge money though,but will show proof i have it. Are you interested? please email me at fordtrucks90@live.com (I was formly known as fordf202006 on yahoo but my account was deleted)

    **I CANNOT RECOVER A LOST/STOELN/FORGOTTEN PASSWORD**

     

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    msn-cs-hack.com, Aug 19th, 2010 @ 4:43pm

    http://www.msn-cs-hack.com

    Nouveau site pour télécharger des hacks pour Msn, Facebook, AutoHack USB, Counter Strike 1.6/CSS
    Avec des logiciels Gratuits et Payants.

    Site en Français and English

    Venez faire un tour !!!

     

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    Payne, Jan 13th, 2011 @ 5:52pm

    Can someone hack FB password please.

    Can you hack this FB account ID 100001904839872 the email add is
    mjoygonzales@gmail.com.. Please Send PW to SmilingSader@yahoo.com.. Really Appreciate it! Thank you

     

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    H boot's Ivoire, Feb 27th, 2011 @ 10:39am

    Job offer

    Hello Applicant,

    This is to inform you of new active vacancies in our database hotel here in Abidjan Cote d'viore. In review of your CV, we discover you have up to two years working experience, you must be up to 18 years above.You should embark on sending scan copies of your credentials to us for immediate screening for file keeping and verification.

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    19. Drivers
    20. Administrative secretaries/assistants
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    22. Team leaders
    23. Medical doctors
    24. Hotel nurse
    25. Message therapist
    26. Dental technician
    27. Caregiver
    28. Hairdresser/barber
    29. Accountants
    30. Accounting clerk
    31. Accounts payable clerk
    32. Accounts receivable clerk
    33. Auditor
    34. Finance manager
    35. Cashier
    36. Reservation agent
    37. Security
    38. Safety officer
    39. Safety manager
    40. Concierge
    41. Human resources coordinator
    42. Human resources secretary
    43. Human resources assistant
    44. Makerter/Advertiser
    45. Chef de cuisine
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    As if I'd tell you my name lol, Sep 24th, 2012 @ 9:45am

    I wish I knew how to hack and I've been trying several times over the past years. I WILL ONE DAY BE ABLE TO DO IT. Until that day I need someone who is serious, can show proof that they can hack, aren't an imbecile at the age of 15 who is joking around with his friends (age doesn't matter to me just how you act does), Idgaf if you charge or not as long as its reasonable prices, not being cocky and smart with me like above (I'm not gonna lie I laughed really hard...yeah I got problems), and if you're not going to scam and rip me off.

     

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    Same fucking person above I forgot to add, Sep 24th, 2012 @ 9:47am

    Re:

    And if you're serious leave your email so I can email you. ^_^

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 31st, 2012 @ 11:13am

    ex gf she is a total control freak she locked my old accout now im under house arrest and need it for evidence

    I am broke so this is a cry ou8t brother to brother im looking at 15 to 18 years for all this b.s charges she got me on so if you can help cool beanz if not please try to explain to this heavy equipment mechanic how to get in once im back to work i can shoot money but right now i stand to loose this house and i really wanna put her behind bars for what she has done to me! she has tried to ruin me for seeing my kids told cops oi fisted her brown eye all drunk when i dislike picking up after my6 dog,, like really way more to say maby pigs email next cuz like who the hell polices the police? this ex bimbo talked almost like 2 hours and admitted to hitting me with a soup pot and still some how she is the victim o0mg this country is shameful

     

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    brenda hancharuk, Feb 23rd, 2013 @ 9:18am

    Re: How to Hack ANY Account Online

    How do over email detached yours turly Brenda Hancharuk

     

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    brendA hancharuk, Mar 31st, 2013 @ 1:23pm

    Re: Not hacking

    How can get this dehack for,little suppoble and use check to pay
    Yours truly Brenda Hancharuk

     

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    brenda hancharuk, Mar 31st, 2013 @ 1:29pm

    Re: .how get my emails dehacked

    How do for as little as supbleand by check yours turly Brenda Hancharuk

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 26th, 2013 @ 12:10pm

    Need Hacker services? Contact me at 906 723 0484, serious people only.

     

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