Currently Being ModeratedJun 5, 2012 2:43 AM (in response to Shootist007)
Thanks for this, but I did not receive any spam or attachments yesterday. And its not every email address that currently exists or is held in my Inbox/Outbox,etc, its only those held in my Contacts list. Is that usual?
Someone tried to tell me that, if it was an account hack, it would have sniffed out ALL the addresses, rather than just stopping at those in my iPhone/iPad shared Contacts?
I just don't know enough about these things, however, I have followed your advice and changed my password.
Many thanks for that.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 5, 2012 3:58 AM (in response to scoots831)
Nope, you're absolutely right. I had checks done and my Yahoo account was accessed from the Philippinnes at 0608 hrs, GMT! I have no idea how they accessed it, as I do not use autofill, and every so often I select a book at random, open at random and stab my finger on the page. The word and page number are then my password. Its the most random method I have been able to come up with, that I can remember.
But thank you, nonethless. I now only have to worry how they cracked it...
Currently Being ModeratedJun 5, 2012 4:12 AM (in response to scoots831)
Easy to crack simple email passwords. Hackers use "brute force" programs that will crack these passwords in minutes. Try and use at least 10 characters...numbers...characters...and upper/lower case letters. Much more difficult to crack using brute force.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 25, 2012 1:46 AM (in response to scoots831)
I think my iPad 1 (ios 5.1.1) has become zombie computers.
Yesterday IPad sent the e-mail (text is link on page with virus) to all my contacts listed in contacts. E-mail has been opened on Yahoo (may be a problem with Yahoo).
My Yahoo e-mali not compromised (in log only my connection) like scoots831
Currently Being ModeratedDec 29, 2012 4:34 AM (in response to ceha)
I have a yahoo account and it is linked to fb, my daughter called and told me I have been hacked, because some explicit message showed up on her fb page, I noticed my battery was draining and my iphone is running in the back ground as is my I pad. I changed all my pass words, but it did not solve the problem can anyone help me, I know I cannot use my back up if I restore to factory setting what are my options???
Currently Being ModeratedDec 29, 2012 4:38 AM (in response to lindafromroyal oak)
What do mean by "I know I can't use my backup if I restore to factory settings"? Sure you can use your TM backup, If that is the backup you are asking about. Why wouldn't you be able to?
Did you reset your FB password.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 29, 2012 4:53 AM (in response to lindafromroyal oak)
Sorry I know nothing of Cloud Backups. I would guess it all depends on what type of cloud backup you have. I don't think the Apple iCloud system deals with full system restores.
In any event if you do have a virus you would be one of the first Mac OS X users to actually get one.
Have you checked all your online sites to see if some other alternative email address is also getting notifications for password changes. I really thing you still have an Online issue and not a virus on your Mac.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 29, 2012 5:04 AM (in response to Shootist007)
Thank you for your time it has been very informative, I cloud backs up all your information on your devices so that if it needs to be restored you still have all your information,
My one other e-mail address has not been compermised, There is a virus out on apple products, tha thit 600,000 macs, iphones, ipads, they are saying it has somthing to do with IOS 6, thank you again shootist007, just can't stand going to the apple store, Think I will go buy a HP and new phone that is not apple, Apple controls what you can or cannot do, where HP lets you control what you want to do
Currently Being ModeratedDec 29, 2012 5:25 AM (in response to lindafromroyal oak)
About the only thing to do is change your passwords again and use a longer more secure password. Like it has Cpas and Numbers and signs like ?&% in it.
You could use an external drive and reinstall the OS on it then boot and run the system from that and see if the hacking continues. If it does on a CLEAN FRESH install of the OS then it is not your Mac that has been hacked but either your FB or Yahoo accounts or both.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 29, 2012 2:07 PM (in response to lindafromroyal oak)
There is a virus out on apple products, tha thit 600,000 macs, iphones, ipads
That is Flashback, which is now considered to be extinct. It only affected Macs (not iOS devices) that had certain older versions of Java installed. The most recent versions of Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7 and 10.8 all have protection built-in that will prevent Flashback infections, and Flashback hasn't been seen for some time anyway. See About the Flashback malware.
As to other malware, it's extremely unlikely that your problem is malware-related, especially since only your Facebook account seems to be affected. That means that your Facebook account has been hacked. If changing your Facebook password did not prevent spams from being posted on your Facebook account, that probably means that your Yahoo account has also been hacked. Change ALL your passwords, for all online accounts. Be sure to use good, secure passwords, and don't use the same password for different accounts. This can make remembering passwords difficult, but it makes you significantly more secure. You can use a password manager (like 1Password) to keep track of all the passwords.
For more about Mac malware in general, see my Mac Malware Guide.