Hacked & Attacked: Lessons Learned

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Photo by Luther Bottrill

One Friday morning, I woke up to a slew of messages on LinkedIn. Some caring while some offensive. As I worked through responding to these direct messages, I found out that someone hacked into my account and sent a personal spam message to every one of my LinkedIn connections. 

As I realized this, I knew that it was going to take more than a few responses and follow-ups to respond to; yet a much larger undertaking. I feel it is important and necessary to share my insights that I believe are invaluable in any professional situation we may find ourselves in from time to time. 

Lesson #1: Things happen that sometimes you are responsible for cleaning up the mess.

While I was disappointed that someone felt hacking into my account was a good business practice, I could not focus on what someone else had done: it didn't matter at that point. It was going to be up to me to solve, fix and repair the damage that had been done and also maintain the integrity of my network.