Hacked AOL account? Let Google teach you how to hack it yourself.

Updated 7-1-09.

Since I wrote this post it’s risen to the #1 slots for the keyword searches mentioned below, so to save you time, if you’re here for the phone number to report a hacked AOL or AIM account, it’s 1-800-307-7969.

Tonight I typed “report hacked aol email” into Google and got, among other irrelevant things: “how to hack an AOL account“. Brilliant! Just to ensure my fury shot from moderate to severe, I typed “contact aol hacked” next, and got the same damn results…curses on Google. May fire rain down from heaven on their precious servers.

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Welcome! You’ve got PHISH!

Watch out, AOL users. If you see this in your inbox – like I did tonight – then you’ve got Phish. Symptoms of Phish are as follows:

  1. You have an irrepressible urge to click on real-looking links to AOL
  2. You think this phisher’s email is so convincing
  3. You can’t understand why the fine folks at AOL, a multi-billion dollar company, misspell words, mangle grammar and forget to punctuate

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How to Uninstall AIM 6 From Any PC

How to remove AIM 6

As mentioned in Why You Want to Uninstall AIM Now, AIM can be very unsafe, especially in light of the latest weakness found by Core Security researchers. It’s best to uninstall it and use something safer.

Messengers that I like are Pidgin (formerly known as GAIM), Trillian, and the latest version of MSN Messenger, which really kicks butt.

What follows is how to uninstall AIM versions 6.1, 6.5 and 6.8.

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Why You Want to Uninstall AIM Now

AIM to get this uninstalled...quick!

Any hacker in the world can use your AIM messenger to do a lot more than send you messages.

According to ZDNet blog writer Ryan Nariane: The attack scenario works without the target clicking on a link and only requires that the AIM user is logged on and accepting incoming messages.

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AOL Gambling on Bettors and McAfee

AOL Sponsors Gambling

There are days when so much bad news floats around about AOL that I want to write about cheerful things instead…like sunsets. How about an article on sunsets? This is one of those days.

For instance, someone needs to hand AOL the Dumbass Award of 2007 for dropping Kaspersky’s Active Virus Shield from their lineup of free anti-virus tools. It’s a bit of a resource hog, but it’s probably the most effective anti-virus product out there, and it has a firewall, incoming and outgoing IP logging, and a few other cool features.

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AOL hosts 450 infected sites; be careful where you click!

No, not THIS Trojan...

Sunbelt, the people who make CounterSpy and other software security products, reported on their blog yesterday that at least 450 free AOL sites are infected with the Trojan-Downloader.Zlob.Media-Codec, more commonly known as the zlob-fake-codec.

How this works is you click a search engine result that takes you to an infected AOL account (user.aol.com is shown in the screen shot of an infected result page on Sunbelt’s blog), then you’re prompted to download an ActiveX component to view the web page. If you click Continue to download it, your computer is infected with up to two hundred trojans and unsafe ActiveX components.

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Puerto Rican AOL.com Defaced By Hacker

AOL Defacement

From Zone-H, an IT news and information site: Zone-H and AOL’s Puerto Rican version of AOL.com was hacked and seriously defaced today in three separate DDoS attacks.

I’ll post more details as they become available.


Update: Helpful thread about “cwings” is here. Apparently he’s been hacking big websites for quite some time. Another website he defaced is discussed here, with screen caps.

Another update: Found information on Wrigley.com about the hacker from a guy who says he was framed by him for another attack. This is the hacker’s WhoIs page.