Once in my peaceful days, a friend rang me up. She said that a friend of her got a problem with email. This friend got her email hi-jacked by her ex-boyfriend. So she couldn’t login to her email. That’s just for the start. The bigger problem is this ex also hi-jacked her Facebook account and start doing nasty things with her account. Pretty scary huh?
From her information, the method of this hi-jacking was apparently because of the victim gave the password to the ex. So the ex didn’t need to hack the password and just login easily. My curiosity led me to search some informations about hacking an email password. Are there any people who wrote any methods about it in the Internet?
In my search, I found a site that wrote an article about how to hack email account from. Before you read my quote from the site, I warned you not to think about trying it. Okay, I’ve warned you, this is some parts from the article:
First of all, I wanna ask you a question. My question is, “Do you wanna try it?”. Well, if you want, then you’re fall for it. The instruction above told you to obtain your target email password, you need to send your own email password. Get it now? Instead of hacking your target, you’ll end up being hacked yourself. Congratulations! You just lost your email account. So, don’t try this at home (and anywhere you are).
This trick reminds me about a book that I read some years ago. The title is The Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security written by Kevin D Mitnick (yes, the legendary hacker). In this book, he wrote some stories about deception that can be used to have critical information of the system. This book highlights the weakest link of system security: the human factor.
It’s not a secret anymore that sometimes you could find root passwords carelessly written on a piece of paper in admin room. The worst part is any people just can enter that room with ease. I’m not telling you to become a paranoid, but hey, it’s better preventing than curing, right?
Another interesting part of the book told a story about how people can be deceived. Just using impersonation phone call, access to the main system could be acquired. If someone telling you that he’s from another division, got a problem with accessing the system, you’ll more likely to help him right?
Okay, back to the main topic. The email is hi-jacked by her boyfriend. What we can do about it? I asked my friends opinion about it. These are we can came up with.
- Be nice with your boyfriend. A mad man can be really dangerous and hard to deal with. Also try not to broke up with him.
- If you really have to broke up with him, please broke up nicely. Don’t let anger filled the broke up process.
- If he successfully hi-jacked your email, go and talk to him. Talk carefully with him, who knows that he will give back your email account. (this was Danu’s suggestion)
- If it didn’t work out, try to retrieve your email account by using the Forgot your Password or secret question password retrieval. This method only counted if he didn’t change the email and question password retrieval.
- Still didn’t work? Try to start a new life. Create a new email account, change its password regularly, and never told your password to anyone (including your boyfriend).
Like the old saying preventing is better than curing. If right now your boyfriend or anyone else knew your password, go and change it immediately. And don’t forget: be nice to the people and they will be nice to you. People are just like a wall, they will throw back what you’re throwing them.
See you around and have a nice day.