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January 19, 2019, 01:56:54 PM
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After about 6 months on the sidelines, The bitcointalk accounts recovery team finally managed to help me recover my hacked account. I would really love to commend the team for the great job done  Smiley

When my account got hacked sometime in July last year alongside a number of other victims. I really had no hope that I would ever be recovered since I did not have the much-needed evidence which is a PGP or Bitcoin signature to prove the ownership of my account. All I had was the Email which I used for opening up the account which had since then been changed during the hacker and the Ether address that S/he didn't bother changing knowing that I would be useless.

Seeing even Hero and Legendary accounts that were waiting to be unblocked for a dozen months in vain and yet they had provided the signed messages for proof of ownership even made me feel more hopeless about my mission to recover my account.

However, when I saw this newly modified topic by Theymos Recovering hacked/lost accounts , I tried my luck.
I follow every instruction and some days later, my account was recovered.

Account recoveries are actually working and moving at a faster pace. Those who have signed Messages have a very high chance of getting their accounts recovered. All they have to do is to;
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Email recoveries...@bitcointalk.org, ideally from the account's email address. Include your username and a brief description of the details of how/when the account was hacked. A signature will likely be required

The proof of ownership message can be similar to this

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-----BEGIN BITCOIN SIGNED MESSAGE-----
My account <account> has been hacked/lost. Please reset the email to <email>. The current date is <date>.
-----BEGIN SIGNATURE-----
<insert address here>
<insert signature here>
-----END BITCOIN SIGNED MESSAGE-----

Here is the unedited post where I posted that address: ...

For those with no staked Bitcoin address or no bitcoin address associated with your account, Do not lose hope;

1. The first step is to try and send an email to recoveries...@bitcointalk.org, precisely describing when and how the account got hacked and not forgetting to include the account username. If possible you can also include screenshots showing emails you received when your password and email were changed.

2. After that, all you have to do is wait to be contacted by the team, Do not try to act impatient by sending so many emails
You will receive an email after some days with a unique link and please do exactly as told ( i received mine after roughly 12 days)

3. Once you are done with that successfully you will receive another email within hours confirming that your account has been queued for recovery

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That's perfect. Thank you for the info.

The account has been queued for recovery using its old email address (this one). The recovery will be done automatically in 7 days.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get back to us.

4. Within the stated period as in the last email, you will receive another message informing you about the completion of manual recovery, should be something like this;

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The email address of your account has now been updated, and the account is unlocked. You should now use the forgotten password option to reset your password. If you receive any errors regarding activation, restart your browser. If your account had been compromised, make sure you use a DIFFERENT password this time.

Regards,
The Bitcoin Forum Team

5. Resetting your password appropriately should be the last step towards gaining back ownership of your account.


Security is very important, Never take it so lightly... I learned a very big lesson through this hack. My mistake was using the same weak password for every website I would sign up for, Luckily my Gmail had 2FA, or else It would have been compromised too.
The hacker also tried to log into my Mega and Dropbox cloud storage accounts with the hope of probably gaining access to my private keys and any useful info, but again, luck was on my side... He was blocked from gaining access due to suspicious activity. All I received where email alerts.
I have since been so security conscious and paranoid.

I hope this helps someone out there who has no clue of how to recover his account or who his/her completely lost hope on recovering his/her account.




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January 19, 2019, 04:38:59 PM
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That is great, and the total recovery time using the new procedure (and team that was created to support it) seems very decent, more so considering that you only had your email to go with. I figure that having a BTC signed message (or PGP) may have cut down account recovery time a bit more, and should remain a common practice to perform as a means of safer assurance.

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January 19, 2019, 04:52:17 PM
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Congratulations on getting your account back, this is more proof that the current system is functioning.

For those who are not aware a link has been added to the MORE icon at the forum top.
After clicking MORE you would see Support for lost/hacked accounts.
This leads to a detailed guide from the foeum administrator on how to go about the recovery process.
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That is really great to hear and congratulations on getting your account back. Did you find out what the hacker used it for? Did he use the forum at all while you didn't have access to it? Are there any personal information that he could have found out about you or people you know from the PMs for example? If so, make sure you protect yourself and inform anyone those who might or might not have been approached by the hacker.

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January 19, 2019, 05:09:02 PM
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I figure that having a BTC signed message (or PGP) may have cut down account recovery time a bit more, and should remain a common practice to perform as a means of safer assurance.

Totally Agree with you, Which is why am looking forward stake my BTCs address and sign a message. Haven't been very familiar with the procedure so am trying to read around so as to gasp proper guidelines before i can do it.

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January 19, 2019, 05:14:53 PM
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Did you find out what the hacker used it for? Did he use the forum at all while you didn't have access to it? Are there any personal information that he could have found out about you or people you know from the PMs for example? If so, make sure you protect yourself and inform anyone those who might or might not have been approached by the hacker.

I locked it out using the link that was sent to my email so the hacker did stand the chance of using the account or selling it. Luckily there was no sensitive information in my PMs  Wink

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January 20, 2019, 08:32:49 AM
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This is a great testimony of the effectiveness of the updated way to recover account I think the team did a great joy and congratulations on your account recovery I hope others follow similar instructions

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January 23, 2019, 02:48:56 PM
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I'm glad it all worked out. Welcome back!

You will receive an email after some days with a unique link and please do exactly as told ( i received mine after roughly 12 days)
The wait time should be way lower now. But the actual recovery procedure will take as long as necessary, even indefinitely if there isn't enough proof, as it's better for the account to remain locked - no hands at all is infinitely better than in the wrong hands.

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January 24, 2019, 05:45:01 AM
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After about 6 months on the sidelines, The bitcointalk accounts recovery team finally managed to help me recover my hacked account. I would really love to commend the team for the great job done  Smiley

Glad to know that account recovery is back on track and is now a priority and welcome back from the "Hacker's Jail Mate" 

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January 24, 2019, 10:02:19 AM
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13 accounts have been recovered since the first January + 3 ownership change in late December.
In case you miss the SecLog entries to check the work of the administration stuff, charged for accounts recoveries and ownership change, always check my thread:
All the Ownership-Changed and Restored accounts

*I will keep it updated everyday (i wish i can) and publish a general statistic for every passed month.
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February 02, 2019, 07:00:53 AM
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My account hacked. Email and Password changed.
username : iconis999 https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=925751

Hacker changed bitcoin address from my profile. I locked account using a link when hacker changed email address.

I'm not understanding what is bitcoin signature? If you have time can you quick check my hacked account.
I have 2 post where i used btc address.
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February 02, 2019, 08:58:34 AM
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My account hacked. Email and Password changed.
username : iconis999 https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=925751

Hacker changed bitcoin address from my profile. I locked account using a link when hacker changed email address.

I'm not understanding what is bitcoin signature? If you have time can you quick check my hacked account.
I have 2 post where i used btc address.

What kind of wallet are you using that has access to 1AUQBtHB5sbrsW2cmt4vRVv8aV2Ab1Auou?
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