i've been hacked by conservatives. a little help?
full disclosure: i'm a mac user but not as tech savvy as i wish i were (i.e. not really at all).
just after the election, some of my friends reported getting emails from me soliciting for funds to support the conservative party. they had been coming from my gmail account. sure, i was mad, disgusted at these kinds of tactics that use every method other than intellectual discourse and debate of issues to win elections, and more determined than ever to see the gov't fall, but i just changed my passwords to my fb and gmail accounts, dumped the offending pieces of email in the spam file and carried on with life.
they have since started again from a third email account (which i have since closed down, and started anew with a new password), is using all my known aliases in different cases for different letters(but all coming from one address as far as i can tell) but the tone has become increasingly hateful.
one a friend sent me over (received from "me" today) has this language in it:
"For the past two and a half years under the leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, our Conservative government has been working hard for all Canadians. and making, me, (my name) "hard" at the same time.
The choice I have to make in this erection is queer. Do I want a to get rammed up the butt by(a third friend's name) or a weakened bastard named ( the friend's name who gave me the heads-up) with Stéphane Dion watching along with the average Canadian?
I share a great hard-on, evertime I hear Prime Minister Harper speak, a common sense of arousel of my penis, defending the sovereignty of my butt hole and then trying to stand up afterwords.
That is why I am asking you to make a small donation of $10, $20 or even $50 dollars so I can get a job. being a male hoe can only get you so far.
Let’s both donate money so the Conservative Party can continue to run those great ads, make sure the airplane stays in flight, and the buses are fuelled and ready to go!
To donate, click on the following link. (followed by a link i dared not click)
some of the text in other emails seem to suggest that the writer can't tell that the election is over, the conservative party has done a virtual 180 from its previous positions and is now adopting many of the ideas put forward by opposition parties during the election that it previously decried, or that paying down the debt isn't on anyone's current political radar.
can anyone shed some light on this and possibly answer a few questions for me?
1) i am of the opinion that it is more likely that someone i know (or a very clever conservative) found a way to get by the password protections at all of my email accounts, copied my address books, and is sending these out without actually having turned my computer into a zombie mailer with a virus or whatever. how likely is it that i am correct?
2) i've read that apple is now recommending virus protection for mac users based on some recent hacker activity against their platform. is this for real? or is mac just covering its ass for its own purposes? if this threat is real, how likely is it being used in this fashion by these kinds of people?
3) what's the best way to stop all of this from happening and fighting back with some fire of my own?