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Beware of ethical-turned-unethical hackers
When a white hat turns to black hat, in simple words, an ethical hacker turn into non-ethical hackers, we the victims, can pay a heavy price at the cost of being in the Internet.
I HAVE been a great forgiver, or may be I am an ignorant. There were many incidents where I simply ignored the bitter experiences that I had with some people. I would have thought I have no time to react or might have thought no use of taking any action against them.
Both of my attitudes cost me. You know there are many so called “professional hackers”. They learn ethical hacking, which some companies require to determine the vulnerabilities of their systems, to save the computers from external data attack.
But some of these white hats turn black hats or non-ethical hackers gradually. Especially those who find pleasure in peeping into others’ personal lives. I faced one of these black hats in my life as well.
I too, like all youngsters, was fond of social networking. I did not have really much time to spend many hours in front of my laptop, but I have not missed a chance to find my old friends through any means. And I found Orkut a very useful media to keep in touch with my old friends.

I was glad when I got an invite from one of my old friends (it was a fake though!). The same name, she started typing about my native place, my family, etc., etc., which made me believe, yes, it is she. Guys, can you believe I did not have a system password. The first step to being a prey for a hacker. The next, having a gmail account, the most vulnerable mail account ever, though very fast, so that I cannot ignore its features. And of course the third point, my ignorance.

The so-called friend started hacking my gmail. Slowly I realized I have been hacked. I blocked this person from accessing my Orkut account and warned him not to peep into my personal life. He confessed saying it was his hobby to look into girls’ emails, I bet guys, you will find lot of interesting stuffs.
My little little feelings, thoughts.. I felt as if my heart was read by someone, I felt am no more. My feelings are my own, they are not for sale! But I forgave him!

Days and years went past and I forgot everything. I have a tendency to forget bitter moments and that incident was only one of them. I got married, settled and busy in my own world. The hacker popped up again! I realized the alternate email ID in the gmail account is the hacker’s ID. So whenever I change my password, a copy would be sent to his email.

He tried creating problems in my married life by sending couple of emails to my husband. Now he knows who my sister-in-law is as she has got an account in Orkut. This time I did not wait. I filed a complaint in the cyber crime cell. God knows how many years I have to wait for them to take an action. But at least, I am happy that I have done my part. The response I got from the cell was also not convincing. For them, it is a petty case.
The first question was, did he steal your bank account credentials? Did he steal your money? Come on, he has stolen my feelings, which are my own. Is that not a crime? If I lost money I can always earn it back. But the respect and trust, which I lost, can be never gained back.

So friends, stay alert while using Orkut or any social networking sites, keep a watch on your g mail settings, possibly avoid sending personal mails; use telephone instead, secure your personal photos. Do you really need a social networking site if you have chance to meet thousands of people in person? Think!

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