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I Got Hacked and 91 Others in Odesk This Weekend

He posed as a client hiring contractors in upwork (Odesk before). 91 contractors applied for the job. The project was so easy. It required the contractors to go to a site and copy some materials and paste in an excel file. The pay was good and so all 91 contractors agreed to apply.

In the screening process, he instructed all applicants to click a sample file and instruct to use an HTML file in opening their yahoo, hotmail, and gmail accounts. Unknowingly, he inserted fishing files in the computer to access important information from these applicants. I was one of the applicants. My computer told me there was something in it. but I still went on thinking that it was just a false alarm. Bad decision in my part.

What was questionable about this job posting was the interview part. I was wondering why he did interview all 88 people out of 91 applicants. Under normal process, out of 91 only 5 usually gets screened.

Over the weekend, I lost money around $51 which I wont divulge how. I went to the forum and there I knew, I was not alone. All 91 of us got scraped of our important information. The next day, Upwork Security emailed us about it and stated about that particular job posting as the one responsible for the hacking.

Sooo sad that this can happen everywhere. There is no place safe online, I bet.

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RonElFran wrote on May 20, 2015, 2:01 AM

Thanks for posting this. I'm sure most people would do as you did, not expecting that it wasn't safe, and would also be burned. This is a good warning.

AliCanary wrote on May 20, 2015, 3:58 AM

I almost got hit with malware that was i an attachment to an email I received at work, but fortunately when my computer told me it malware, I immediately deleted it. Sorry that happened to you! I like oDesk pretty well, but they don't really screen anyone, it seems.

MegL wrote on May 20, 2015, 7:17 AM

That was terrible. I hope you have also changed passwords for ALL your other accounts, just in case the malware took other passwords too!

MelissaE wrote on May 20, 2015, 8:49 PM

I sell gigs online and I could easily get duped.

cheri wrote on July 10, 2015, 11:05 PM

This is not good. I have not experienced this and I hope it wont happen ever.