We tracked down a hacker, Izzy Cash, 43, of 42 Gladstone Street in Coventry, who asked us not to reveal her identity.
Izzy said, ‘I’m not a criminal! I became a hacker because it was the only way to access my own bank account. I’ve been using online banking for years, but one day when I tried to log in, I got error messages. I called the bank ironically titled “Helpline”, and after being put on hold for 90 minutes, I finally managed to reach someone and explained that I couldn’t log into my account. They said it was because they recently introduced new security measures and I had to create a new set of passwords to be able to access my account.
Izzy continued, “After asking me a few security questions, like my mother’s maiden name, my date of birth, the street I grew up on, my first pet, the last school, the blood type, star sign, eye color, shoe size, age at which I lost my virginity and number of fillings they said none of these answers were safe enough because anyone who knew me could guess them. They made me create several new passwords, which couldn’t be the real answers to the security questions. Each password had to be 30 characters long, with a capital letter, a number, a special symbol, a Roman numeral, an Egyptian hieroglyph, a rune, a mathematical symbol, a Chinese character, a Morse code letter, and a Wingding I managed to find some passwords that fit their criteria, but when I tried to access my account later, I have t Still couldn’t log in because my computer keyboard doesn’t have half of these symbols.
Izzy went on to say, “Rather than calling the ‘helpline’ again, I decided it would be easier to take an online course in hacking, so I could access my bank account to pay my gas bill. It’s surprisingly easy to hack into my account, much easier than using all those stupid passwords.
Izzy has since been sued by her bank for impersonating her.
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