Have you ever seen posts on social media from your friends that you've thought that didn't seem like something that they would write and think, "Well that doesn't seem like them"? Only to find a follow up post later where you see your social media friend say, "That post wasn't written by me, I was hacked".

I think, and I could be wrong that means that said social media friend happened to leave their social media account open on a computer and someone else saw an opportunity to pull a fast one on them through their open account. Nobody really broke or hacked into the account, right? I could be wrong, but...

I thought I was hacked the other morning but it wasn't on social media. It was on my Amazon account. If you have an Amazon account you are certainly aware of the OTP texts or emails. These are One Time Passwords that they send you to help give you access to your account. They send you the code, you enter the code and voila! However, I wasn't on a computer at the time so I certainly wasn't on Amazon so I shouldn't have received that text. And seeing that I have only purchased ONE thing on Amazon ever, I was a bit concerned that some ne'er-do-well filthy crook (no offense, ne'er-do-well filthy crooks) had actually broke into my account. After a little research, my own OTP, a password change and a couple other things I chalked it up to someone who had entered the wrong information to get into their own account and then wondered why they never got a text...

These are two examples of hackings that really never happened. Now here's one that did. The Lansing State Journal says that the Michigan State University Department of Physics and Astronomy got hacked on Memorial Day. The hackers have said that they will make public the personal information and financial documents that they were able to steal if the university doesn't give them some money. MSU has said that they will not pay the ransom.

Get a look at what's happening here from the Lansing State Journal.

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