My Second Time Being Hacked Was Scarier than the First.

I wrote a blog post 2 years ago when I was hacked and I had money stolen from my Wells Fargo account. From there I became super secure, I added 2FA, I added processes for my money, and I just became more conscious of being better about security.

There’s a new mobile hack that the bad guys are using to exploit telephone carriers and it starts with AT&T calling you every day:

Customer Support: “Did you just speak with me and ask to change your 4 digit passcode?”
Me: “No.”
Customer Support: “Well then I won’t change your passcode.”
Me: “Good, because I did not ask to change it.”

These two posts by Kraken and Coinbase will describe what happens better than I can ever do it:

Update: Bitgo released an update post also

The reason I am writing this is that I want to warn everyone —

  • Adding your cell phone for security, makes it less secure if someone is able to steal your phone number.
  • Be careful with your information and phone number. If someone knows your name and phone number, they are able to target you and call the carrier and try to get in as many times as they want.
  • There are a lot of ways to prevent this type of thing, but hackers will always try to exploit a bug in the system.
  • This is something that has happened to a lot of people I know, and I believe everyone should be aware.

This doesn’t really show how creepy it feels to be targeted over the course of a month for something like this. Even though I know that it is probably a larger group of people in Russia attempting to break into my digital accounts, I still picture someone standing outside my house watching me.

One thing you can do to prevent something like this is to have a note put on your account that for any major changes, you need to do those changes in a store to prove your identity.

I have done this, in addition to a few other measures, which I won’t discuss on a blog post, but would be happy to discuss in person… And yes, I’m paranoid.

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