Scary Internet Stories | Protect Against Viruses, Spyware, Trojan Horses


I’ve heard scary stories about the Internet in the past, but two recent ones are the most terrifying. I don’t, uh, mean to terrify you, but you should know about this. It’s one more reminder of how essential it is to protect your computer against viruses, spyware, and “Trojan horses.”

Because of an earlier column I wrote about having $8,000 stolen via my PayPal account (and getting promptly reimbursed by PayPal), I sometimes get emails from people who are going through similar experiences.

An email I received in August from a young woman began by telling me how she happened to notice that someone had stolen some money from her PayPal account. She changed her password and security answers, and then checked her PayPal account, only to find more money had been taken.

So she called PayPal. While she was waiting on hold, she began to fill in a fraud report on PayPal’s website. Then the PayPal agent came on the phone, and as she was talking to him, her PC started to type on its own, “I see you m—f—.”

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