Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Under Attack! Under Attack! My Facebook Account is Under Attack!

Whelp, it finally happened.  For those of you who've read this blog regularly... I've got one follower over here... RUSSIA!  Nope.  Didn't work.  They don't care for my take on video games, apparently.  Anyway, I consider myself something of a computer expert, even though my dad apparently would disagree with that.  Apparently I'm just a user of a computer.  But I do have Norton Anti-Virus, so I normally feel terribly safe as I go out there on the wild waves of the internet.  And I only recently learned that Zynga poker chips, while seemingly worthless at first glance, people can and do buy them with their credit cards.  And hackers are apparently almost as interested in stealing these Zynga poker chips as other Zynga poker players are.  Most players try to win them in fair contests, I'll give them that, but others use pics of bikini-clad girls to lure their victims.
...ooh!  Some use the chat window to sell their wares.  You go to a website like "freezyngachips.20m.com" and find a simple two-field web page.  Guess what you have to enter?  That's RIGHT!  Your email and password!  Found that out the hard way.  Yes, I was just that naive.  Of course, the arms race is always on, and the hackers find new ways to do things.  They seem to have violated the sanctity of my Yahoo! Mail accounts, for example.  If I leave a Yahoo! Mail window open too long, I'll get back to it and find that I'm being prompted to save a new .js file.  That's JavaScript, for those of you who don't know.  Something ELSE I vowed to study once.  Another reason why I'll never get anywhere in life, either this or the next.  Of course, the .js file is always from some weird-ass webpage.  I forget the specific web address, but it always looks like someone just randomly clacked away on the keyboard and then eventually turned it into a bonafide web site.  Something like "a;oguihnxf;cgiadsf.stealyourinfo.com."  Well, the latest and greatest trick was a window that pops up while you're playing Zynga poker, and it says something about wanting you to call a 1-800 number, something like 1-855-255-****... I should of have written it down.  They seemed like they knew a lot more about me and the internet provider I have than the average hacker.  Oh well.  I should point out that my dad is actually the primary user of the poker account, but now that we've gone from about a billion and a half poker chips to EXACTLY 1 million, well... all bets are off.  He swears that he will never, ever, EVER play that Zynga poker EVER, EVER, EVER AGAIN.  Never, not once, not ever, never, ever again and that's final... unless I can get it working again?  No?  Sounds about right.  Two college degrees and he can't even get the computer to work.  Well, he will therefore NEVER EVER EVER EVER again play that Zanga poker... working yet?  No?  Figures.  OTHER dads are proud of their hacker sons!  Why can't mine have similar pride?  At all?
Anyway, I probably can't get into the specifics of how one goes about getting their Zynga account back.  I'm having to trade emails back and forth with a qualified Zynga support specialist.  They're great and all, but still.  I replied earlier in the morning, sending them a copy of my driver's license (AKA Government ID) but apparently they will only respond once a day, and always at five in the morning.  I felt like a kidnapper.  They wanted a picture of my ID next to the computer screen that shows my account is being blocked.  There's a number on there that they need for reference, you see.  Also, make sure you know at least three of your poker buddies.  If you're at all like me, scary thought I know... you'll typically just send invites to the hottest chicks you can, hoping to get more poker buddies.  Make sure you get their names.  Also, keep track of any past chip purchases.  They want to know that too.  But more importantly, stay safe.  Watch out for those hackers.  They can only prosecute so many of them, you know.

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