Linkin Park Dot-Mac email account hacked

Linkin Park Dot-Mac email account hacked

Summary: If you ever doubted the benefit of a strong password, check out Wired's article Linkin Park's Mysterious Cyberstalker.In it Linkin' front man tells an eerie tale about how his wife, family and personal life were privacy was compromised and how they were taunted daily.

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Linkin Park’s Chester Charlie Bennington

If you ever doubted the benefit of a strong password, check out Wired's article Linkin Park's Mysterious Cyberstalker.

In it Linkin' front man tells an eerie tale about how his wife, family and personal life were privacy was compromised and how they were taunted daily. A stalker fan had gained access to the family email, voice mail, broadband, eBay and Paypal accounts.

In August, Chester got an automated text message from Verizon Wireless, his cell phone provider, confirming a new password for his online account. Like most phone companies, Verizon allows subscribers to manage their accounts on the Internet and view lists of incoming and outgoing calls. To open this type of account, users need only go online, fill out a form, and choose a password...

Suspicious, Chester and Talinda logged on and changed the password, promptly receiving an SMS verification of their change. Then another notification informed them that the password had been changed again. So the couple changed it back and got another confirmation. When they got yet another text message announcing yet another change they had not made, the Benningtons logged on and found a question written in the space where the password should have been.

"Who is doing this to you?" it read.

All of this happened because he chose an easy to remember password for his Dot-Mac email account. It's a worthwhile read and a good lesson for everyone.

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  • Typical Mac zealot double standard

    Interesting how when an Apple product gets hacked, it is the fault of the user yet when that same user does something just as silly with a Microsoft product, it is all Microsoft's fault.

    Sorry, it doesn't fly this time. This latest hack [b]proves[/b] that .Mac is flawed [b]by design[/b]. End of story.
    NonZealot
    • Dude, are you really that stupid?!?

      They guessed his password, it was his middle name.

      You didn't ever read the article did you? You couldn't have.

      How old are you anyways? 4?

      What is your deal with Apple?

      Get a clue or two...or three....
      Kid Icarus-21097050858087920245213802267493
      • Yes, he really is (n/m)

        N/M
        msalzberg
  • Real Headline: Linkin Park Dot-Mac Account Password Guessed

    Oh well, as long as <i>SOMEONE</i> reads the article right...

    :P
    Kid Icarus-21097050858087920245213802267493