A new exhibit about the Elwha dams coming down opens today at the Burke Museum, Whale Trail site partner on the University of Washington campus. The exhibit is based on stories and photos from Seattle Times reporter Lynda Mapes and photographer Steve Ringman. Highly recommended!
If you got a message from firstname.lastname@example.org saying “Check this out” – don’t! It is a phishing scam. Delete the message.
If you simply opened the message, no harm was done.
If you entered a valid GMail password, your account may be compromised too. Here are the steps I took to resecure my account:
From within GMail -
1. Discontinue other sessions.
At the lower right of the GMail Inbox screen, where it says Last Account Activity, there’s a link that says “Details.”
Click on that to see a list of which sessions are active (On mine, there was an IP listed in New York!)
Select “Sign Out All Other Sessions”.
2. Change your password. 3. Remove unwanted filters.
Go to Settings>Filters. (“Settings” is under the Gear Wheel on the far right of the Inbox header.)
View the filters and make sure there are no unexpected or unwanted filters in the list.
I found five filters that had been installed by the hackers’ program. The filters were set up to delete all email with “check this out” or “hacked” in the content – anything related to phishing message itself. The impact was that I could not see a message from anyone who replied to the phishing message, or send a message about it from my Inbox. A pernicious little program!
Following these steps, I was able to resecure my account.
Hope you are reading this without having been impacted. Very sorry to anyone who was also caught by this!
Orca Network reports a large group of southern resident orcas heading south in Puget Sound today. First spottted near Whidbey Island around 9:30, and most recently near Edmonds around 12:20. If they keep coming south, expect they will be near West Seattle by 3. See you along The Whale Trail!
Update: The whales never made it this far south – turned back north before reaching Carkeek. We spent the rest of the afternoon in a sunny spot just below the Whale Trail sign at Charles Richey Sr. Viewpoint (south of the Alki Lighthouse). A nice break after all the fog!
Keep an eye out for orcas in the central Sound, everyone -’tis the season!