New Epidemic: Gmail Hacking

Atlantic writer James Fallows is sounding the alarm about a Gmail “hacking epidemic.” The gmail accounts of his wife and three other people he knows have been hacked! That’s definitely a hacking epidemic in the world of “James Fallows acquaintances.” But is something bigger going down?

Well, plenty of people are tweeting about their gmail accounts being hacked—we counted 28 in the last 24 hours. “My Gmail was hacked yesterday so ignore any weird email you got frm me,” wrote Emiliym. ” I didn’t try acai berry & I’m not using weight loss drug.” Oddly, it seems like media-types have been hit especially hard (or are just being especially vocal about it, which is equally likely!) In addition to Fallows’ wife, New York Times writer Amanda Hesser and New Yorker staff writer Lawrence Wright were recent victims.

A couple dozen of Gmail’s 190+ million users doesn’t really make an “epidemic,” even if a few of those are famous writers.

But checking Google trends, we see a sharp increase in people searching for “gmail hacked” this month. And tweets containing the phrase “gmail hack” and “gmail hacked” have been on the rise all year, according to Google real-time search.

So, yeah, let’s call it an epidemic. Likely in response to the epidemic, Google rolled-out a “two-factor authentication” option for Gmail recently which requires you to sign in using a code generated by an app on your smartphone as well as your gmail password. I’ve been using it ever since Gawker was hacked and definitely recommend it. Not only is it more secure, it makes you feel like a spy or something! Like someone whose Gmail is actually worth hacking into. Which, apparently, it is. Congratulations, everyone: we’ve made it.

Some Feedbacks:

I have been a victim of this hacking gmail and it has a great tribute. I have recently been pursued by someone for a period of 2 months. to know the stalking by the offender, which I did, I went everywhere was activated, won all my e-mail contacts and all my conversations about email.She online access to all of this, according to their own accounts, by paying someone to win to hack my gmail account to my Gmail password after they chop paid claims someone to my Gmail password, they had the access to information about my online dating account and misused, that by reading all my old e-mails between the current boyfriend and me.

She claimed, mocking and scornful that they won the gmaila nd dating site passwords passwords by paying some of the country 100 € and that it was easy to do this because it boasted “Access is easy for hackers online.” I had moved to Georgia with my friend, the marriage was promised when he took care of some obligations to live. I had no idea then that his “obligations” were that he several other “secret” friends and many of them, he would marry had they believed in different parts of the country. One of his “secret” friends in particular claiming that they had found, later claimed had it first, I paid his girlfriend / fiancee, in spite of the fact that he told her that I mistakenly just a friend renting a room in his home.

She was someone to hack their e-mail hacking his e-mail account password first. Then boasted that in addition had access to my e-mail address via hacked his e-mail account. She then went on to abuse my account by paying someone to hack my emial password. She sent e-mails to the people through my Gmail address. Friends and others would then believe that these emails were from me. She did this change in my regular Gmail account and my otherwise dormant dating site.

Since I am now living with the friend I was on the dating site that I was in love with me and whomhad invted liv en his home, she took special interest in communication between the friend and me by reading the dating site-E met-mails between the two of us had. He had romacing her and several other … some of whom thought they were engaged stalked me for two months after him.She through different venues with an emphasis on the trial, the relationship between this man and me, because they destroy was jealous. You pay someone to my email password on my Gmail account in his own words hack was “easy”.

In her case, she calimed in a sort of jealousy that he’s leading by several women on that she was his one true love creates done .. I wish these people who, you can pay online by e-mail passwords are somehow shut down to hack. Your stalking of me made a number of problems and I believe now (retroactively), there is the possibility that he may have been her help. For he had too many girlfriends and fiance, and they were to other.Sigh of any! This type combines the dating site with the horrors of the e-mail account hacking horror.

  1. I just got off the phone with Google… they refused to help, stating that I violated the terms of their agreement.


    Guess anyone who uses gmail’s in for a big surprise WHEN THEY GET HACKED. AND YOU WILL GET HACKED and don’t expect google to help you. Frankly, I wish someone had posted this problem before I joined back when they first started. If I were you, I’d cancel my account right now. All my personal information was in there, thank god I made some tweaks to it before this. Is your personal info in your gmail account? Facebook, Linkedin, Tweeter are also going to cause you problems and you’ll get hacked…. I TRUSTED THESE FOLKS and I trusted these websites. Guess I’ll read the next Terms before signing on to anyone for free.

    this email’s no longer mine, it’s been hacked. along with facebook, tweeter, linkedin, and so on… NO thanks to GMAIL.

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