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My DreamHost Account Was Hacked

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I received an email from the DreamHost abuse team — DreamHost is the company that provides the web services for this website, pfblogs.org to an extent, the MoneyBlogNetwork and its forums, and a number of others. They made me aware that my web space was being accessed by a computer user in Romania. The user was logging on with my identification and running programs that created a lot of network traffic, clogging up the pipeline and probably slowing down a number of websites.

The DreamHost representative asked if I knew anyone in Romania. I do not. I am also not sure how the perpetrator got my password; it’s difficult to guess and I constantly run a virus scanner on my home computer. DreamHost cleaned up the trojan programs and I changed my password. I hope this won’t be an issue again; I’ve had enough problems with DreamHost in the past and they’re just starting to make me happy with them, as I was six years ago.

Updated February 6, 2012 and originally published November 13, 2006. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.

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avatar Dimes

Argh! Don’t these people have anything better to do? I hope this is taken care of.

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avatar SCapitalist

Bastards… Dirty bastards… That is some freaky stuff, at least you were notified. Bes of luck getting it resolved.

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Everything looks to be clean now.

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avatar BoarderX

Ouch. I had something weird happen to be recently as well. Someone hacked my files and added pointer to their site on each of my pages. I found out when I went to my site and got a message saying another site was trying to set a cookie.

Might I suggest Password Safe for storing/creating passwords. It allows you to create totally random passwords. I use it all of the time now that I have started to create unique passwords for every (important) site that I use. The website is: http://passwordsafe.sourceforge.net

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avatar Binary Dollar

Yikes. I just got Dreamhost. I hope this never comes up.

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