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  1. 4 hours ago, HodagMedia said:

    Well that's all good, especially B.

    So that means no one has access to your computer, there's no keystroke logging infection, you don't use any password manager, you have never logged into a public internet source, and you have eliminated all other ways someone could get into your SS account, to change your password, except through their own system.

    Since we get scattered reports like this, and not a massive breach of hundreds of accounts at a time, I keep thinking, someone inside, whether it's SS or Webdam occasionally gets account information and sells it to the hackers? Rather than attack many, they just pick a few here and there. Always end of the month too, it seems. Another inside, not SS but another agency, could be attacking because so many people will use the same password for many agencies.

    They would actually be better off, looking for inactive people, who don't read the forums, and don't login to their accounts, or don't pay attention, rather than someone like you, who is active and would notice the same day.

    Good that you resolved the problem. And nice that SS reports unusual activity to us. I have other sites that tell me when I change my password, or make a lost password request. "was this you?" Nice if someone is trying to get in, that attacks are reported.



    Challenge me with enough questions and concerns I am willing to address or not and you could end up with enough information about me to wake up a whole new generation of hackers

    Like what I told Doug, rest assured the problem is not with me.

    The bottom line is that the problem is with Shutterstock (as they admitted in not so many words to Luisa) 

    subject closed on my end.

  2. 1 hour ago, HodagMedia said:

    OK maybe I didn't ask the question right. How do you know that the source of your hack into Shutterstock was the fault of Shutterstock and not that someone got in, from information they got somewhere else?

    A. That information is not somewhere else

    B. Password is unique

    C. That "somewhere else" would have been hacked too. 

    D. Shutterstock's security is insufficient as others also pointed out. I know that what happened to me has been going on for years and nothing has been done so far and that cavalier attitude towards our personal information is a disgrace and apparently not one of the priorities.  

    E. Potential limited control by SS. I know that the digital assets (the database) are managed by Webdam, that Shutterstock used to own, but was sold not too long ago to Bynder, a Dutch company. I do not know if that includes contributor's profiles. (The forum software is also 3rd party)


  3. On 7/31/2020 at 4:05 AM, Studio 2 said:


    Learn something every day! 
    Word of the day: 
    1. the action of making something obscure, unclear, or unintelligible.
      "when confronted with sharp questions they resort to obfuscation"
  4. On 8/2/2020 at 8:16 AM, HodagMedia said:

    How do you know for sure it was Shutterstock? Just wondering?

    I got a warning email from SS for "unusual activity"

    22 hours ago, Luisa Puccini said:

    It happened to me maybe one year ago. They spammed me with thousand emails and I wasn't fast enough to understand what was going on. Luckily SS refunded me for the lost payment. They admitted in some ways that the security of our account is their business.

    That's their tactics. They try to hide SS's warning email by spamming your inbox with as many spam emails as they can get in hoping that you miss that one important email.

  5. 3 hours ago, Doug McLean said:

    Probably not Shutterstock's fault at all. Usually when an account gets hacked it is because the user did something really stupid, like using the same password on more than one web site, or using too simple a password.


    Easy to blame the user and the "user" would be me in this case and I don't think so. I have been around.  This is the first time in 25 years or so that one of my accounts was hacked and there is a reason for that. This is not user  error I am afraid.  Even if the "user" did something really stupid as you put it,  SS's website security is still not the user's responsibility. (We pay SS handsomely for that responsibility) 

  6. 42 minutes ago, chris kolaczan said:

    Hacked accounts seem to be an end of the month tradition around here.


    If only Shutterstock could implement something like two-factor authentication or something to reduce the occurrence of this sort of thing.

    Its almost like they don't care.

    The irony is that Jon started in the tech business with a successful computer security software program.  I guess he is pre-occupied now by other things

  7. 1 hour ago, Sari ONeal said:

    One step you can do to prevent the hackers "hiding" the SS account change notification in your mail:

    Set up a filter for your incoming mail so your Shutterstock (or other stock site's) emails go in their own separate folders, and it's easy and quick to see if there is new mail in that/those important folders.

    When they spam you with 500 trash mails, their attempt is to make it hard for you to find that ONE important email in the sea of trash email in your general incoming folder.

    So, get around it with the separate folder(s), you should be able to do that with most email accounts.

    I had to delete all those emails pretty much one by one since there were also legit emails mixed in and a notification from SS was one of them

    I have all kinds of accounts that potentially can be hacked. My computers and my network are protected as good as I can, but I have obviously no control over somebody else's server. 

    I have yahoo email and it sucks , but gmail is even worse. 

  8. Like slicing the royalties by a lot wasn't enough yet,  my shutterstock account was hacked this morning and my PayPal email was changed. I changed it back and changed my password.

    In the process they also got access to my email with the result I got over 500 junk emails mainly with subscription based crap, which should keep me busy unsubscribing for a while.  So, I changed that password as well.  

    I also changed my PayPal password to be on the safe side

    Better check yours

    Thanks again Shutterstock &^%$*@

  9. 47 minutes ago, Sari ONeal said:

    I mean, Rudy is so sad, but what can I say....



    Nah.. I am Okay. lol. The forums are a nice distraction. Maybe I should rejoin the Hummer thread (again) I was the first person to reply to the OP there. Paul asked something about hummingbirds and I told him to ask Kelly. Then you jumped in with Hey! What about me? .....  and the rest is history. (at least that's how I remember it lol) 

    olemme kaikki ystäviä täällä!

  10. 14 minutes ago, Merlin Photography said:

    'Positive discrimination' or 'affirmative action', as I understand the concept, is the opposite to a 'head start' but rather 'catch up'. It's giving groups, sectors of society etc an opportunity to be included where they have historically been excluded. 

    You're right. Wrong choice of words. ( I used "catch up" in the same post actually) From all people I should know.  See my posts to Milo J and Barry P

  11. 55 minutes ago, Tony Dunn said:

    I've been discriminated against because I had sight problems at birth & suffered with prejudice all my life - similar to non white people & in some ways even worse.  Unfortunately people in my position don't have a voice because there's far fewer of us than people who are non white.

    did it make you stronger?

  12. 41 minutes ago, Barry Paterson said:

    There is no such thing as positive discrimination. All discrimination based on age, gender, ethnicity or any other factor over which a person has no control is ethically wrong. It is incredible that this even needs to be said. Treat everybody equally, and follow the golden rule - treating others as you would wish to be treated.

    Positive discrimination does exists, but it doesn't mean it is positive. It is preferential treatment, which is in some cases in this day and age necessary in order to get that equality. E.G. when a particular group is grossly underrepresented in an organization or trade. Of course you are right that all forms of discrimination and prejudice should be abolished (and it will one day), but right now, humans are not mature enough yet and need to be reminded sometimes. 

  13. @Milo J Back in the nineteens and early twenties I was a Small Business Assistance Officer for Palm Beach County and prior to that the local bus company, which was federal,  and one of the things I did was certifying women and minority owned businesses. I can assure you that "Women Owned" is not that black and white (no pun intended). Actually I should say "was" because it's all changed now. There is no such things as M/WBE anymore.  Nevertheless, I can understand your point, but at the same token, if it wasn't for programs like this, we would still live in the fifties for the most part. Was it perfect? No. Necessary? Yes. Still is really (Btw I was the only white guy there) A colleague and I actually rewrote the county M/WBE ordinance

    "What this resulted in was that several Caucasian girls who had years of acting experience and did great in the auditions got kicked off the list and were replaced by Hispanic and African American students, some of which struggled to even read their lines, much less memorize them, or froze like deer in the headlights when the camera started rolling. "

    Why do you think the the Minority boys and girls were so much behind? Contemplate about that for a minute or two
  14. It is only positive discrimination if all circumstances are equal

    but they are not. Minorities (of all kinds) are still playing catch-up. That counts for women too

    Having said that, Trying to give minorities a head start should come from love and care and an awareness of unity and that all people on this blue speck of dust are the drops of one ocean. It shouldn't come from commercial or political reasons. That would be fake and wouldn't be sustainable.




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