A Southern Utah man was able to thwart a destructive computer hack that could happen to you.
Two days ago, Jared Hardy from Washington was bombarded by emails. He received 50 to 60 emails at a time in rapid succession. Luckily, he was watching closely and noticed a couple of emails had to do with his bank accounts.
“The bombardment of emails was to hide what they were trying to do,” said Hardy. “They somehow figured out a password and then they were trying to change our bank account info so they could access our account.” He said the influx of emails was to distract from what they were doing on the computer.
Hardy was able to get the email account closed and then got on the phone with his bank and change the two-step authentication back because it had been changed by the hacker.
In talking to the email provider, Hardy was told overwhelming people’s emails is often a personal attack from someone you may know, but sometimes it is used in this way. A hacker has gained some access to a personal computer and sends tons of email to distract from them hacking into sensitive information on the hard drive.
“I’ve spent the last two days redoing all my emails, sending it to everyone who needs my email and changing all my contact info that uses that email,” said Hardy. “It’s been such a pain.”
If you experience a barrage of emails, now you know what is happening. You can keep an eye on the string or just shut everything down and contact your bank immediately. Whether it’s someone who has a beef with you or a hacker, making sure everything is good with your bank can’t hurt.