February 7th, 2006 at 04:55pm
I noticed this rather unusual entry in the search keywords list for Wednesday February 1:
At the time I didn’t think much of it, despite the fact that someone landed on my website three times by searching for it, however upon checking my hotmail account (I check it monthly, just to see if an old contact has sent me an email for some reason…I usually just find spam) today, I found the following email from Google:
Sent : Wednesday, 1 February 2006 12:05:38 PM
To : firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject : Google Password Assistance
To initiate the process for resetting the password for your
email@example.com Google Account, visit the link below
[Link removed by Samuel for obvious reasons]
If clicking the link above does not work, copy and paste the URL in a
new browser window instead.
Thank you for using Google.
For questions or concerns regarding your account, please visit the
Google Accounts FAQ at
This is a post-only mailing. Replies to this message are not monitored
My hotmail account is listed as my secondary account for Gmail, as it was the address which my Gmail invitation was sent to.
So what does all this mean? Basically it means that somebody wanted to gain access to my Gmail account, they foolishly thought that my password would be on a website somewhere, and then thought they would be able to change my password by clicking links on the Gmail website.
Just so you know, the webserver logs for that period of time, as well as the email from Google accounts, will be forwarded to Google’s abuse team. Whether they do anything about it is something I don’t know, but be warned, further attempts at gaining access to my email will result in law enforcement officers being brought in.
You have been warned!
Now back to normal blog operations.