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My Christmas Gift

on 25 December, 2015

If you know anything about me, you know that I don’t celebrate Christmas. It doesn’t have anything to do with religion… it is just that a few years ago, I realized that I couldn’t come up with a single gift for my son; seems that he had everything! Some folks might think that I spoil/spoiled him, but honestly, he has never asked for much and is such a great kid – has ALWAYS been a great kid – that I loved to shower him with gifts. Consequently, we stopped “celebrating” Christmas mostly for that reason. The other being that since it really was just the two of us and neither of us really enjoyed doing the tree and twinkle lights and all the rest. And mainly the cleaning up afterwards. So, we stopped.

But! This year I was presented with a truly unique and personal gift. A gift, it seems, never stops being given. What was I the recipient of? A hacked AppleID account. And being locked out of it for 24 hours.

Now, I have to preface all of this with the fact that I have been “enjoying” being spammed and having been signed up for all kinds of web site accounts ranging from little kids’ games all the way up to hard core porn. About three years ago, I started saving the emails from those accounts and as of today, there are 855. Eight Hundred. Fifty-five. EIGHT HUNDRED AND FIFTY FIVE different accounts created for me.

855Someone out there really loves me. Up to this point, whoever is doing this – and I am going way out on a limb to assume it is one person – has left my AppleID alone. I have been diligent however with changing the password on a regular basis and limiting the number of places that I use it, but some are mandatory… like my AppleTV, iTunes account and my iPhone. But I have treated it with the respect it deserves… after all, this is the cornerstone of my online persona.

But today, while chatting with Apple for most of the morning (I mean, who wouldn’t just love to spend their Christmas morning with several members of Apple’s customer support group?) with a rep who really listened and took my issue very seriously, turns out whoever is behind this got much further than they ever have before. They didn’t actually get into my AppleID and weren’t able to access personal info, but they did go so far as to try and guess my security questions to access the account. In fact, about 8 times over the past 24 hours. Hence the hard lock on the account when I awoke this morning.

Ahhh… the gift that keeps on giving.

6510934443_8bd2942b79-370x280My initial thought was this was someone who might be a little pissed off… say for not being able to spend Christmas with his/her children because of their past indiscretions? Maybe someone who is on the end of a raw deal regarding custody? Maybe someone who still thinks that he needs to administer his (or her) own brand of justice? Or revenge?

Well, let me just tell you – whoever you are – that being free of email today was kind of a godsend. I spent the whole day hanging with my favorite person in the whole world without any undue distractions. Which was wonderful!

And in another way, it is sort of flattering that after all this time, you still think about me. Good, bad or indifferent… you are still in my grasp. Wow… who knew that I could be so powerful after all this time. Wow.

You really need to get a grip, stop feeling so sorry for yourself and move the fuck on.

Oh and maybe some professional help.

MacCupcake

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