Reflecting on Our Modern World: Hey! I Have an Idea! Let's STEAL Something!

in Proof of Brain2 months ago

For the second time this week (and we've only made it to Wednesday) I had an email notification that ”someone we don't recognize attempted to log into your account.”

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Frozen out?

In the first instance, it was related to a bank account I haven't actively used in about five years; in the second instance it was related to my Instagram account which — while active — I very rarely use.

In the case of Instagram, they were even kind enough to send me a little map suggesting that whomever was trying to log into my account was at the time located in Kyev in the Ukraine, and ”Was this you?”

Of course in neither case was it actually me who tried to log into these accounts, so I went through the usual rigamarole of changing passwords and confirming my identity.

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All other things being equal, it just strikes me that online theft attempts are becoming more and more common as time passes by.

In truth, I don't get it. Meaning, that I find myself pondering why so many appear to be turning to illicit activities rather than pursuing more conventional avenues of getting money in the bank. When I think back, even during the period in my life when I was homeless, the thought of stealing to make my lot in my life any easier still never crossed my mind.

Is this whole trend — if, indeed, there is a trend — the result of a world in which people feel more and more entitled to riches/wealth without actually having to work for it?

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It makes me briefly paused to visualize the imaginary conversations around the dinner table when these people were kids:

”So Johnny, have you thought about what you want to do when you grow up?”

”Yeah I wanna steal people’s money on the Internet!”

Oh, that just makes us so proud…

Of course, maybe I shouldn't be so surprised. Some months back I remember mentioning in one of my posts how I had been talking to an acquaintance who had spent a number of years doing business in an unnamed culture where the thought ”Cheat and steal if you can get away with it” is actually considered perfectly normal and reasonable.

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It's not my place to judge what is considered normal and not normal in any given culture but the fact that such a value system not only exists, but evidently is also alive and thriving makes me ponder what sort of world we'd be living in if that was the de facto norm everywhere? What would it be like if with every single person we were to encounter our first thought was ”this person is probably going to try to rip me off!”

Of course, I only have my own value set as a point of reference… but based on that, I'm not sure that's a world I'd want to be alive in.

Meanwhile, I guess I will just continue strengthening my passwords and staying alert to all these messages I get! I don't like it, but it seems to increasingly be the world in which we live.

Thanks for reading, and have a great remainder of your week!

How about YOU? Do you get notifications that one of your online accounts has had "suspicious activity?" Does it happen often, or is it a rarity? Does it seem like online theft is getting more common? Comments, feedback and other interaction is invited and welcomed! Because — after all — SOCIAL content is about interacting, right? Leave a comment — share your experiences — be part of the conversation!

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It's usually Facebook for me. "You seem to be having trouble logging in, click here to reset your password. If this wasn't you..." blah blah blah. I get those ones at least once every couple of months. 😒

The only other time though was my EA Origin gaming account. I have 2 factor authentication activated on most things, and I got barraged by text messages at 2-3am every morning for a week or so, trying to gain access to my Origin account. All of these requests were from Russia.

Haven't noticed anyone trying to gain access to anything else though, and I haven't had anyone try to access my bank, thankfully! In saying that, however, several years ago someone in New York gained access to my credit card somehow and booked in for a spa session. That was very, very quickly cancelled and sorted with my bank. As a non-travelling Australian in a regional country town, I most certainly was never in New York to indulge in a $500 spa. 😅

Online theft is definitely becoming more prevalent. One really needs to stay on their toes and be careful.

Whereas I suppose it could be random, the vast majority of my "dodgy access" notifications seem to originate in Russia, the Ukraine, China and Vietnam.

Facebook has annoyingly many, and Instagram is basically Facebook. I also get a lot from PayPal... and somehow my PayPal card info was stolen at some point (some years ago) and someone suddenly started charging parking and limousine services in Amsterdam, of all places. That took a while to get straightened out.

On the whole, I've been pretty fortunate, though!

It happens occasionally, but luckily not much. It's always annoying to have to change my passwords and I'm just happy I have a different one for each service, so I don't have to go around, changing them everywhere.

What would it be like if with every single person we were to encounter our first thought was ”this person is probably going to try to rip me off!”

I kinda already walk around like that's the case. I don't trust people I don't know. Clutching my bag closely to me, never trusting anyone that tries to get money for a charity at my door (or on the street). It sucks, but that's the world we live in. Always gotta be aware of those bad apples, who ruin it for the rest of us.

I'm probably more naive... in the sense that I tend to trust people unless they give a reason to not trust them, either through their words or their actions. But you are right, there are a lot of bad apples out there who tend to ruin things for the rest of us...

this has been happening with my email account all month.
i had to add 2fa just to have some peace of mind

Perhaps what disturbs me the most — and what partly prompted this post — is the regularity with which my password minder lets me know that some password I'm using on some site has "been exposed in a security breach." Sometimes it feels like I spend so much time updating security that it's irritatingly nonproductive!

I don't seem to get real alerts, but a few fake phishing alerts have popped up for things like crypto exchanges where I don't actually have an account.

Ah yes, I get a few of those, as well. "Your account may have been compromised in a security breach. Please follow this link to reset your password." This, from a site I have never visited...

These scams are work and effort. Some are quite creative. If only these people applied themselves in a different way.

Yes, I know some of them can be quite elaborate... which begs the question of why someone is willing to work that hard to scam someone, but not to simply earn a living.

I'm cautious with my accounts, I take all the security protocols offered. Nothing has happened, yet fingers crossed 🤞

I tend to accept as many of the security features as possible, this side of it becoming so inconvenient that I'd just as well not use a site at all. So far, I have only had to deal with one compromised credit card account.