Apparently, PETA still hates me.

A Campaign for Animal Research

20-some years ago, I volunteered to do a pro-animal research ad campaign for the Foundation for Biomedical Research. It got a lot of media coverage, won a lot of awards, and royally pissed off PETA supporters. (I still have their death threat letters in a scrapbook.)

Recently, I wrote a blog post it. And ever since then, I’ve had the feeling someone’s hacked my computer and installed icky stuff on it.

(It wouldn’t be hard to do. Until last week my password was “password.”)

This afternoon, a time-sensitive business proposal sent to a new client (using Apple Mail) didn’t go through. So I logged in to my Gmail account using Safari.

What I discovered turned a mild concern about malware into full-fledged paranoia.

The message I’d sent from my Mac had been (1) thrown in the Gmail trash and (2) replaced by a new one that was almost the same.

The one small – but important – difference?

The client’s email address had been changed just enough to make my time-sensitive ad proposal undeliverable.

I knoooow. It sounds unbelievable to me too! Kind of like something you’d see on CBS’ Person of Interest. But I grabbed a screenshot of the hack. So I know my 58-year-old mind isn’t playing tricks on me. (And hey, if White House Security can’t keep hackers from getting into Michelle Obama’s account, are any of us really safe?)

Anyway, here’s the point of the longest blog post I’ve ever written:

Does anyone know a Mac security specialist who is pro-animal research and more knowledgeable than this hacker with an allegiance to PETA?

If yes, have them call me asap. To the best of my knowledge, my phone lines haven’t been tapped. Yet.


W: 312-236-3800 | C: 312-545-5883 | H: 847-277-1959

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One thought on “Apparently, PETA still hates me.

  1. “Makes no sense.”
    “I’m not buying it.”
    “Nice conspiracy theory, dude. Got others?”

    These are just a few of the comments I’ve received via email.

    My friend with the most IT-smarts said, “Someone with this level of skill is controlling your computer to send spam or steal. They’re not messing with your gmail…unless it’s to frustrate you.”

    My response?

    1.) I don’t think my laptop’s being used to send spam;
    2.) So far, my money is safe;
    3.) Yes, I’m frustrated. Very frustrated.

    As he rolled his eyeballs, I added one more thing:

    Look up “gaslighting” on Wikipedia.


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