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April 09, 2016, 06:06:10 AM
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Hello BCT users, moderators, and more specifically, admins.

My name is Steven Saxton and I am composing this post as instructed by hilariousandco, a global moderator. I do have an account, my personal BCT account CryptoCanary, that has been hacked. While losing access to my account, for which I maintained with dignity for a long time, is bad enough in itself. I use this account to represent my own self in all of my projects. Projects being: Donationcoin, Sterlingcoin, EverGreenCoin, and BERNcash. Of course, I also use this account to assist community members of other projects. I also use this account to represent the USA franchise of NewsBTC for which I own and operate. I state this because the account is not only linked to my good name but, also my personal and professional ambitions in this newly formed industry. I do hope BCT staff can address this situation swiftly because I take very much pride in my achievements and my identity. That identity is now being compromised by the malicious person now by not only changing the signature on the account but sending Private Messages to people using the account and making posts.

On March 16th, 2016, I did send a message to theymos using a user, BernieCoin, from one of my other projects, BERNcash. As instructed by a post made by theymos, I included a signed message and followed his given template for the signature and cited the unedited post I had previously made staking a Bitcoin address for the CryptoCanary user.  Here is an excerpt of that post with some unimportant personal details removed but including the important signature:

Quote from: My 1st message to theymos using user BernieCoin
-----BEGIN BITCOIN SIGNED MESSAGE-----
My account CryptoCanary has been hacked/lost. Please reset the email to ssaxton@kent.edu. The current date is March 16, 2016.
-----BEGIN SIGNATURE-----
181y3hDPEc5FBRVtFiALM5qmp29m8kUxjG
H7IV2iQcFnOdcKYgBnUvlHbXBFVaB/JioQv/lviGkQyfc8FcmpViAUrD5ZKu872//WgQYAKB2I33xKlMkFRPTpQ=
-----END BITCOIN SIGNED MESSAGE-----

Here is the unedited post where I posted that address:
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=996318.msg12037850#msg12037850



Thank you for your time Theymos and your service to crypto by maintaining this forum. Smiley

Regards,
Steven Saxton


Understanding that maintaining this forum is surly a time consuming job and hoping that theymos did kindly reset the email as I polity asked, I periodically requested a password reset email and scoured my spam folder in hopes of the email that would grant me access to to my personal identity before any substantial damage was done to my name here on BCT. Unfortunately, this has yet to happen and receiving any response from theymos has also yet to happen. Fearing the malicious person might contact people related to my project and scam them or tell other lies of my projects and causing damage to my projects or investors in my projects, I decided to conduct a test. I sent the user that had stolen my identity a message, again, using the BernieCoin account. To my surprise I did not receive a ransom request but rather only "lol". Outraged I sent theymos another message quoting my first attempt. Here is that message dated April 1st with the first message quote and some personal information removed:

Quote from: My 2nd message to theymos using user BernieCoin
Theymos, please help me recover this account. I use this account to represent myself on all my projects (Donationcoin, Sterlingcoin, EverGreenCoin, and BERNcash) as well as the NewsBTC USA franchise. I now KNOW the account is hacked and that the person is using it to at least send messages to other users. I sent a message to the account (CryptoCanary) yesterday and someone, not me, responded "lol" as you can see in this http://i.imgur.com/2rptaA0.png screenshot. Please sir, I beg of you to help me. This person is misrepresenting me, all of my projects, and my professional career. [personal data removed]

Thank you in advance for your attention of this matter,
Steven Saxton
 

Again, to this message I did not receive a response. No help seemed to be coming. I also noticed when I received this response message from my identity hijacker the account was now being used for a signature campaign something I never did. My signature always was used as a signature and contained my name.

So now my identity crisis continues. I report one of my previous posts that now contain the forged signature to a moderator, mprep, using the Sterlingcoin account I am using for this post. My thought was, maybe it was unwise of me to report this abuse of BCT and my identy within with an account that was only months old. I explained the situation briefly and asked for help. I was very happy to see the glimmer of hope when hilariousandco responded to the Sterlingcoin user with the brief instruction to make a post in meta and wait for an admin to sort it out.

To the moderators and admins, I do understand you must get requests like this in the loads daily. Some of which I am sure are fictitious and malicious in nature, slowing down the process for legitimate users in need of assistants. I do sincerely beg of BCT staff to expedite the handling of this matter. The user is now making posts using the account and my identity. None of the posts look to damning yet but, what do I do? Should I quote these posts and inform the involved communities that the account is hacked and to not trust the account as a hero member? None-the-less as myself for my name is still present in the account information.

I cannot stress enough how important this account is to me. I know some of you will be thinking, "Well you should have protected it better." I did have a 15 character password containing both capital and lower case letters and many numbers. Admittedly I did not have a security question defined but do not know if that would have helped any because I imagine that would have been changed as well. BCT staff, again, I beg of you for your prompt attention to this matter before more damage is done. Please help me.


Thank you in advance for any help you can give me in gaining access to my personal identity.

Very Sincerely,
Steven Saxton
(The real CryptoCanary)

p.s. I can also prove my identity using signed messages of Donationcoin, Sterlingcoin, and EverGreenCoin or any other method that might help reassure BCT staff that the account has been and is compromised in an effort to retain my personal identity.

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April 09, 2016, 06:38:10 AM
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Posting to verify, it is all true.

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April 09, 2016, 06:39:12 AM
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Posting to verify, it is all true.

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April 09, 2016, 06:39:50 AM
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Posting to verify, it is all true.

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April 09, 2016, 08:05:58 AM
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Sadly it can be a slow process. Making a thread and signing in right thing.   But again it can be slow you can look at other threads to see this, admins are busy and this seems more common place anymore.

Best thing you can do in mean time is get DT members to leave temp feedback saying it's been hacked.  This warns others about it and shows up bright red by their name.  I think this is best option in time you wait.    DT members do read meta a good amount... so I expect this is likely outcome.
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April 09, 2016, 08:19:03 AM
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Banned him for 30 days for unsubstantial posts so at least he can't do anything in the meantime.

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April 09, 2016, 08:28:23 AM
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Banned him for 30 days for unsubstantial posts so at least he can't do anything in the meantime.

Oh that is such a relief! Thank you kindly!!!

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bump. May I please get BCT staff's attention with this matter?

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July 18, 2016, 11:15:46 AM
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bump. May I please get BCT staff's attention with this matter?
Did you got it back yet ?

No, unfortunately not, hence me bumping it and begging for the attention.  Sad

I know the staff must be busy, that I can certainly understand but, it has been months now. I wonder if the 'hacker' is still profiting off my personal account with his signature campaign. Which is salt in the wound for me.

The negative feedback the account has gotten, which I am thankful for being placed, makes me cringe every time I see the old posts. I fear people will not look to see the negative trust is there for the reason of the account being stolen and reflect poorly on me personally. The account still has my name in the 'skype' field and 'other contact' field. I have worked very hard to maintain a professional and honest reputation. I hate seeing that being jeopardized by something now out of my control.

I would gladly compensate for the staff member's time to help me recover the account.


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bump. May I please get BCT staff's attention with this matter?
Did you got it back yet ?

No, unfortunately not, hence me bumping it and begging for the attention.  Sad

I know the staff must be busy, that I can certainly understand but, it has been months now. I wonder if the 'hacker' is still profiting off my personal account with his signature campaign. Which is salt in the wound for me.

The negative feedback the account has gotten, which I am thankful for being placed, makes me cringe every time I see the old posts. I fear people will not look to see the negative trust is there for the reason of the account being stolen and reflect poorly on me personally. The account still has my name in the 'skype' field and 'other contact' field. I have worked very hard to maintain a professional and honest reputation. I hate seeing that being jeopardized by something now out of my control.

I would gladly compensate for the staff member's time to help me recover the account.


seems someone deleted my post for no reason phew...why mods do this. can see only your reply in this whole topic maybe they don't want to help you .
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July 18, 2016, 11:31:04 AM
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wow just noticed he's making low quality posts in 2 to 3 words from our account gosh I feel he will ruin your account.

Those posts were from before I reported the account stolen via this OP. Fortunately, staff did place a temporary 30 day lock on the account back then. Something I am very grateful for them doing. Unfortunately, that time has passed and I believe the 'hacker' could use the account again. Or at least to my knowledge he/she could.

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wow just noticed he's making low quality posts in 2 to 3 words from our account gosh I feel he will ruin our account.

Those posts were from before I reported the account stolen via this OP. Fortunately, staff did place a temporary 30 day lock on the account back then. Something I am very grateful for them doing. Unfortunately, that time has passed and I believe the 'hacker' could use the account again. Or at least to my knowledge he/she could.

Don't worry it got -8 already which will removed after you get the access to it.also 30 days is a lot of time for the account to be recovered
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July 18, 2016, 12:47:36 PM
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I know the staff must be busy, that I can certainly understand but, it has been months now. I wonder if the 'hacker' is still profiting off my personal account with his signature campaign. Which is salt in the wound for me.

He was kicked off the campaign when I banned him before not to mention he hasn't even logged in since April 9th but I permabanned him for now. An admin can unban it when it gets restored to you.

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I know the staff must be busy, that I can certainly understand but, it has been months now. I wonder if the 'hacker' is still profiting off my personal account with his signature campaign. Which is salt in the wound for me.

He was kicked off the campaign when I banned him before not to mention he hasn't even logged in since April 9th but I permabanned him for now. An admin can unban it when it gets restored to you.

Thank you kindly!

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Is this still an ongoing issue?  Can add my Red Paint TM if need be.

Was your SXC Forum account hacked as well?

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Is this still an ongoing issue?  Can add my Red Paint TM if need be.

Was your SXC Forum account hacked as well?

Unfortunatly, yes the issue has yet to be resolved. Fortunately, no another account was compromised.

Thanks for the paint! Wink

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Really sorry to hear that happen to you. That happened to one of my old Member accounts but sadly I got no response and just moved forward. Just keep sending Theymos a PM (but don't spam him) and eventually he'll read it. I hope you get your account back!

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Really sorry to hear that happen to you. That happened to one of my old Member accounts but sadly I got no response and just moved forward. Just keep sending Theymos a PM (but don't spam him) and eventually he'll read it. I hope you get your account back!

Thanks, TriggerX. A moderator instructed me to make this thread and told me it was the best course. I PM'd Theymos once or twice but, that was over 6 months ago. Perhaps another after 6 months would not be received as spamming. Of course, I am trying to be understanding of the staff's workload and having patience. But, that said, quite mouths might not get fed. :/

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Thanks, TriggerX. A moderator instructed me to make this thread and told me it was the best course. I PM'd Theymos once or twice but, that was over 6 months ago.
PM Cyrus, the new admin. He's been doing the most recent account recoveries, and has recovered some accounts pretty quickly, and others which were from a while back (like your case).

Good luck getting your account back!

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Thanks, TriggerX. A moderator instructed me to make this thread and told me it was the best course. I PM'd Theymos once or twice but, that was over 6 months ago.
PM Cyrus, the new admin. He's been doing the most recent account recoveries, and has recovered some accounts pretty quickly, and others which were from a while back (like your case).

Good luck getting your account back!

Thanks for the info and wish of luck, DarkStar_!

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