My Friend Had Compromising Info Stolen; Please Help Me Help Him!
July 31, 2012 12:53 PM Subscribe
A friend has had an old Hotmail account hacked. The hacker used information in the archives there to access a YouTube account where apparently some compromising videos were uploaded. The hacker copied the videos to another YouTube account, and then sent links to the videos to my friend's family - and worse still, to members of the executive board of the nonprofit organization by whom my friend is (was?) employed. He reached out desperately to me, but I know nothing but the most basic things about Internet security and privacy law...
posted by OneMonkeysUncle to Computers & Internet (13 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
What can I tell him? What should he be doing right now? Both Microsoft and Google have been absolutely no help whatsoever - the Hotmail account hadn't been used in at least two or three years; my friend doesn't even remember what the most recent Hotmail password was. Google / YouTube is simply... not responding at all. Of course, neither of them have any published phone numbers, so the only recourse my friend's had is email and simple "Contact Us" forms onsite.
Secondarily, is there any legal recourse? Is this type of activity covered by any security or privacy law? (The state is Illinois, if that matters). Would it be a local jurisdiction - calling the police? - or are the laws Federal, requiring the FBI?
Thanks in advance for any help or information you can provide. He is one of my very best friends, and although I don't think I understand all of the ramifications, he talks as if his life has been ruined; he is normally a very calm, even-tempered man and he sounds absolutely desperate. I want to do anything I can to help him through this.