Hacked accounts - a virus?

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  1. mozillafirefox1 macrumors newbie

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    This month I noticed that an unauthorized payment on my paypal has been made and there are random addresses I have no connection to associated with the account. I settled the resolution with paypal and had my account closed. Today, I received an email from playstation network which I have not used for multiple years that a 0$ transaction was executed... There is a specific email-password combination I used for these accounts and I checked other accounts for which this combination was used and discovered my twitter and some other accounts were compromised. However, my actual email it seems, was not hacked because I used a different password. So I changed the passwords on all of my compromised accounts and I am a mac user. Does this give any suspicion of a virus on the mac like a key logger? And what further steps can I take to further protect?

    Many Thanks
     
  2. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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    If I am not mistaken, the Playstation website was compromised not long ago. That may be where your trouble stems from.
     
  3. glenthompson macrumors 68000

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    Most likely the PlayStation hack mention or one of the other many hacks that have happened over the past few months. If you use the same userid/password on different sites then that's where your problem lies. All it takes is a hack of one site to get access to multiple sites.

    Start using a good password manager like 1Password or LastPass and create long, strong passwords for each site that are different.
     
  4. simonsi macrumors 601

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    Was the password a strong one? Possible it was just brute-forced and then that valid combo has been tested against other common systems.

    There is no actual virus in the wild for OS X but possible you were phished via a redirect/malware or adware.

    A key logger would have required you to enter the admin password to install it, did you get prompted for your admin password anytime other than when installing known good/original software?
     
  5. mozillafirefox1 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Dear Simonsi,

    I did install some software i shouldn't have an authorized it with administrative details like passwords. I am dearly afraid there might be a key logger or some trojan spyware that will prompt this issue to be deeper than it is. Any thoughts?
     
  6. simonsi macrumors 601

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    Well what software and from where? Difficult to offer any advice on the basis of it being "some software".
     
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  8. simonsi macrumors 601

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    Could be anything then.

    I'd run adwaremedic or do a wipe and fresh install but install any apps fresh, don't restore from a recent backup, then migrate your user data - this assumes you have a Time Machine backup?
     

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