On Wednesday, there was a party here on my blog, a party supposedly anchored by me(@kryptocoin). The party was one that was well played and organised, but there was a problem with it all. I, @kryptocoin was not invited. In fact I was trying my master key(steem master key) to get into this supposed party organised by me!. Unfortunately, my keys did not work, the Steem Blockchain replied me in a red lettered font of "Incorrect Password". The party I write about is this post HERE .
How could it be that the celebrant was locked out of his own home?, How could it be!. This was the mystery I was trying to understand even though the answer was staring at me in crystals.
Lets Rewind: The Revelation
I got registered on discord as early as the early days of @familyprotection, back then I used to do an occasional presentation of my post about Family Preservation, CPS crimes and better ways of approaching the issue of foster care system on the Thursday Whaleshares Network. I was literally on discord because of the @familyprotection community and that only.
As you all know, I have been going through the thick of my time because I had a near-fatal accident a few months back that I am still recovering from for that reason I have been off and on steemit for a period of time now.
Last Wednesday, I got a discord notification which I hardly get on a normal day, I looked through my phone to see who it was. It was my dear friend CaCo, the message read:
Hello. I have a question about your latest post. Something does not seem right and I want to make sure that it is really you. --CaCo
That moment, I thought she must had made a mistake, I thought she intended to send that message to someone else. I replied her that I haven't made any post that day(not in 24 days). She insisted that she just got a response from me on steemit. I dashed to my blog, lo and behold @kryptocoin had supposedly made a post, I couldn't take time to read through it yet, that didn't worry me because I thought it might have been one of my friends who had previously made a post on steemit seeking advice from the @familyprotection community with my POSTING KEY. My worry state changed immediately I saw that 347.607 steem was sent from my account!.
I Was Hacked?
The party I spoke of was a POST! and the party ground was my ACCOUNT. The HOST was an impostor wearing a mask made out of my personality. I couldn't gain access to my account, that moment I decided to read the post itself. It sounded like me except for the CIA part! and well, the entire post was a sharp piercing LIE!!!!!!!!!! But it was written in my voice, with my pen and delivered with my steemit account.
Was I hacked?, I couldn't have been hacked!
Gain unauthorized access to data in a system or computer.
Was I phished?
oh no!! I'm so sorry You must have been phished
must have clicked on a link that you thought was Steemit, and entered your password-CaCo
I wasn't even sure if I was phished, it couldn't be that, because I think I was making use of my Active key on my computer.
Desperately praying that all this should be a joke, I dashed over to my bittrex since my liquid fund was transferred to my usual bittrex account(Perhaps I was suffering from Alzheimer?). Bittrex screamed at me in red fonts; "Invalid username or password ", I logged into the email I used to create my bittrex account, and saw a mail confirming a withdrawal I never made. Then it dawned on me that I had lost all my funds on steemit, my bittrex account containing a cup of n eos tokens , my steemit account and my identity to some unknown Joe.
The Only Explanation
This couldn't be that I was hacked online or phished by some random link on steemit since my bittrex account was also stolen. The only explanation I could possibly think of was that my laptop got into the wrong hands after my accident, perhaps where the vehicle was towed to or somewhere in-between.
This impostor must have gotten a hold of my laptop, swapped the harddisk and got it working on another laptop to gain access to my files of which there is a randomly named .rtf file of my pass?, or perhaps the laptop escaped been broken like my legs, arms and fingers?, could it have escaped coma? because my password to my laptop is "password"?, I use Google Smart login, so that could be how he managed to get to my bittrex?....Jeeze, I was getting frustrated.
The post was flagged after @canadian-coconut took time to alert me and I told her that I couldn't log in anymore and that my funds and bittrex account had been stolen.
The Impostor Took His Time
He moved my funds, I never knew about it, I had not logged into steemit for a while, he should have left my poor account alone, right?. No, he decided to write a post and make more steem?, and make the account his own!. Perhaps he thought there was no way or channel I could make a complain to other steemians who would believe me. Perhaps he thought he was now Kryptocoin, right?.
The post was so written in a way that I was left to believe that this isn't just an impostor, he was a smart and tricky one. He must have read almost all my posts, if not all, nothing short of maybe 50 posts he went through. Because he spoke about Madam Becca who Eugene wrote about 7 months ago, he perfectly described my connection and my bond with Eugene, spoke about the group I belonged and every little details. This was one hell of a dedicated impostor!. He took his time, and I believe it wasn't just for a few weeks, he must have had access for more than a month, but only decided to change my steemit password and bittrex keys the moment he was certain he could be Kryptocoin.
After being flagged, the impostor made a duplicate post as well, and ditched the @familyprotection tag, thinking that would change anything.
He Didn't Do His Homework Well
Have I ever used "fundition" tag, or "charity" tag? I have never used those tags on steemit. O boy, you(impostor) ain't as smart as you think. I hope you spend your time doing something more genuine. You didn't even know about discord!. You never knew I was on Discord. Goodbye, impostor.
Oh Linda, My Heroine
From the moment Linda read the post, she knew something was wrong!. I would have been sleeping in my bed or reading through some therapy book, or just seated outside while my personality, dignity, fund, account and all was being stolen continuously if not for this wonderful Angelic woman, Linda.
The Impostor gave a little sound and pseudo-genuine reply to her comment on the FAKE POST. Even though it took a while for me to reply Linda on Discord, and even though the post was already resteemed, she still wasn't sure it was me. The moment I replied on discord, she knew her Instinct was 101% on point, she flagged the impostor and confronted him/her straight on.
Linda sent me a link, to contact Steemit Inc.(I thought I couldn't recover my account anymore), and I got my account back in less than 48hrs. Still awaiting bittrex to reset my passwords, all my passwords to my emails that were auto-logged in on my supposedly crashed laptop have all been changed.
Investigator?, detective?, none of that fits this Woman, @canadain-coconut is an Angel, and I am lucky and grateful I met her!.
Thank You @enjoywithtroy, @eco-alex, @crosheille, @anouk.nox, @lyndsaybowes, @dreemit, @familyprotection
The response from you all spoke great words when I was speechless, literally!. The EcoTrain Driver(eco-alex) even admonished the impostor to change his ways and return my keys. Thanks to dear Troy, @dreemit, lovely cynthia, anouk, steem angel pioneer(lyndsay) and to @familyprotection.... I am grateful.
Now I can do some genuine partying in my house. I am no longer locked out of my house, the impostor has been kicked off for good. I will have to be more careful and encrypt my hardisk and play safe with storing Master keys in the future. I am glad the masquerade ball is over and my personality is no longer being used as a mask. I am grateful to everyone for their part they played before I was able to regain access.
I Love To Make Blooms And Children Need It More Than Ever
Peace to you all,
( @kryptocoin )
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