Hacked, Hacking, Hackers

The weirdest bit of today: I was finishing writing a story about a hacked, er, “computer”–it’s a mechanika story, but not an obvious one, so “hacked computer” means something much more steampunk than you might think:


–when several friends alerted me to the fact that my Twitter account had been hacked.

And earlier today, I’d been explaining to a ten-year-old that just because there aren’t many viruses for Mac OS and Linux, doesn’t mean you don’t have to worry about hackers and viruses. (Heartbleed being a recent example.)

The funny bit: the story (which ended up being ~4,400 words by the end of the first draft) came out in one sitting, but it got its start when I, thinking of this ancient Github post, started writing a canned response for the rare occasions that 419 scammers get through to my inbox.

(Which is a funny coincidence. Wonder if there’s a link between my canned response and my Twitter account being hacked? Hm.)

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