The story began about a week ago when Ms. Stim's sbcglobal email account, which she accesses through Yahoo, was hacked. Spam was sent to her contacts. All the men and half the women got their penises enlarged. Or something. Shortly after Ms. Stim began having problems accessing her email. Yesterday, Yahoo's collection of hamster-powered servers no longer recognized her password.
Below is Ms. Stim's wrap-up email to our friend and computer guru (whose name is edited out) and other interested parties. Yes, my dear wife gave me permission to post her email.
Here's a p.s. to the hacking story. Suddenly yesterday morning my computer told me my password didn't match my user name, and wouldn't let me in. I tried everything humanly possible, spent three hours on the phone with AT&T and yahoo (yes, _______, I found the uber-secret Yahoo contact information), was shuttered between DSL and Yahoo over and over again, and was told, at various times, that 1) the account was inactive 2), told it had been canceled and I couldn't get it back 3) that it had happened during our move, when we went from DSL to Uverse, and that I must have told them I wanted to give up my sbcglobal account, 4) that I should be going through "my att" or some such, not Yahoo, and 5) 6) 7) 8) blah blah.
So I changed my password without knowing why this had happened but being sure beyond a shadow of a doubt that anyone who works for either AT&T or Yahoo has the brains of a shoe. Changing the password didn't work the first three times. Finally it did work, and I got in, so exhausted I could barely see my inbox. But here is the best, best, best thing: In my inbox was a message from Yahoo telling me that my security had been compromised (let's hear it for the hacking), and I had to reset my password. They had sent this to my email account, telling me I couldn't get into my email account. There are no words.
Addendum: Ms. Stim will likely change her email account very soon.