Attempts at identity theft and online harrassment

28 Nov , 2016  

[Updated 2/28/2017]

Someone took my picture. I don't know who she was, and I don't know why she did it. I am not a public person, she didn't ask for my permission and there's no reason I can think of that she should have taken it.

It was a sunny afternoon. I had the day off. I was on private property, and she was on the sidewalk.

It annoyed me, and it was strange, but what's followed is what's interesting:

My desktop computer was hacked. The only folder taken was not something like "My pictures" or "My documents". Then, my personal gmail account was hacked.

This is the latest is a trend of strange things that have happened since I helped publish Poor By Design. At that time, several social media accounts started popping up with my name attached to someone else's picture. After I graduated from MIT, I started seeing google search results with my name and the words "buy a degree here".

I didn't know what or why this was happening, much less what to call it, until I met someone at a talk who talked about online harassment and what she'd experienced. So I started reading online about it. This story is especially interesting: http://www.app.com/story/news/nation/2016/11/04/online-harassment-lawsuit-won/93309000/.

Just a heads up--if you see a picture of me wearing a baseball shirt and jeans, you know that account/post/whatever, isn't mine. And, you now have a clue about where it came from.

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