Marguerite’s Email Hacked

Marguerite opened an email that appeared to be from Apple. Although she doesn’t recall the details, it was very authentic looking and she never doubted it’s authenticity.  She followed the instructions and though nothing of it.

But the email was a “spoof” and allowed the sender to capture Marguerite’s iCloud credentials and log in on her account and steal her address book. Using the stolen addresses the thief sent a fraudulent appeal for money to everyone in the address book.

Here is the full story: (click here)

Here is a news item about the scam: (Guardian Article)

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Conspiracy Thinking

More than a half century ago, when I was a teen, I enjoyed reading science fiction. It was the 1950s and reports of flying saucer sightings regularly hit the news. Tabloids carried accounts of alien abductions. The movies and fiction writers exploited the public’s interest and produced all manner of fanciful entertainment that speculated about what it would be like if space aliens were among us.  There was a TV comedy staring a Martian.  Not surprisingly, there was a fringe of believers who speculated that aliens had secretly taken over the US Government. Continue reading Conspiracy Thinking

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Is American Democracy Hopeless?

The most expensive Senate campaign ever is underway in Kentucky. Millions will be spent, most of which is coming from outside of the state.  It’s an outrage, and a demonstration of the dysfunctional campaign finance system that has corrupted our democratic process.  Polling shows that over 90% of Americans think we should get the big money out of politics, but few people see much hope of that actually happening. Continue reading Honest Gil

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