My first blogging of any substance took place in Yahoo. Well … the substance was questionable, the year was 2006, and the blogging platform was called Yahoo360º or Y360° [it is no more]. Sherri Ellen, who is in my circle of bloggers here in WP, remembers this well.
It was new, Yahoo released it and me, being interested in anything new on the web, signed up. We were all new to this concept, many were even new to the Internet itself. It became more like a community or group — very different from the WordPress blog. At least … that’s what I feel, now in hindsight.
This was also where I was exposed to Paint Shop Pro [PSP], and learnt to create graphics … like these hearts … must have been for Valentine’s Day..
For some reason, I signed up with a brand new account — a different one from my regular — I was very much a «Yahoo-person» back then. Wanted a snazzy user name, but that’s something which gets more and more difficult no matter how creative or imaginative you are, these days — especially with services that never, ever recycle user names [like WP].
I lived in Quebec, on the weather, they often talked about ‘lake effect snow’. Sometimes you could even hear «you might see some lake flurries in the evening». We didn’t get all that much lake effect snow where we lived, but other parts of the province did … we got mainly the tail end of the effect — not like upstate New York and places like that.
Anyway … the user name; Lake Snow was already taken, so Lake Flurries … that was ME in Y360°, and it stuck! The service didn’t last long … I think it shut down in 2008, but my email account in Yahoo remained of course.
The other day, I noticed a strange email in my Inbox … from myself?! I didn’t open it, but when I moved my mouse over my own name, I saw that it was sent from lakeflurries at yahoo dot com. Weird stuff … went to check my spam folder, and there was more. Quickly realised that the Lake Flurries account had been hacked so I went over to Yahoo to see what it looked like.
They [the spammers] had changed my password and security question but after a lot of hassle, I managed to get in. The Inbox there had thousands of spam email, but also hundreds of those error messages about emails that couldn’t be sent. That was a good thing, I guess … apparently it had not worked very well for those spammers! My address book in that account was immense.
In any event … I just went in and cancelled this account — once and for all. I never used and had not thought much about it. I hope my friends haven’t been spammed.
What I don’t get, is what these people get out of all this?! They send out links or malware that probably will destroy your hard drive if you click on them … but WHY? What do THEY get out of all this?? There must be some gratification …not just the feeling of causing grief?!
A number of years ago, I watched a documentary about how they did it …sophisticated software they had to break in to accounts … but my question after watching it was still Why? I understand that the ‘less malicious’ ones are the commercials ones … they just want you to buy something … or the ones that want to get ahold of your bank account/credit card … but all those that just grab your address book and send out stupidity — what’s the point?!
Before I deleted the account, I went in and checked out the activity on it: Three countries … Poland, Mexico and Malaysia.