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These Are Not the Keys You Are Logging For

Posted Apr 02, 2010 by Jon Wood

These Are Not the Keys You Are Logging For's Jaime Skelton, after getting hit by a hacker through a keylogger, writes this column warning people that they may not be as immune as they think they are.

Jaime Skelton

In the ten years I've been playing MMOs, there has been one thing I've never done. I knew of its existence, but I generally made a point to avoid it. Friends talked about it, and some even tried it themselves. So last week, I finally gave up my inhibitions, took the plunge, and did what so many others before me had done.

I got hacked.

This was, of course, unintentional on my part. It also contained not just one, but two delicious twists of irony. The first twist was that I had ordered an authenticator at the beginning of the week "just in case." Naturally, I got hacked the day before it arrived in the mail. The second twist? A while back, someone suggested that I write a column to raise awareness about keylogging and other forms of account hacking, and I thought to myself, "Why? It's pretty cut and dry. Don't be stupid, and you'll be just fine."

The joke's on me, now. I believed a lot of the common myths about getting hacked, and had deluded myself into believing that I was shielded by a protective bubble. A few weeks ago, I even teased a few of my friends who got hacked because they fell for a fake StarCraft II beta invite. Luckily, they didn't tease me back - too much.

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