Hack this email account… plz plz plz!

At least he was polite about it…

Graham Cluley
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Hack this email account... plz plz plz!

Running a security blog means that I’m always interested in receiving tips about data breaches, vulnerabilities, malware attacks, and the like.

But I do explain that I’m not available to help troubleshoot PC problems or provide technical support – there simply aren’t enough hours in the day, and it doesn’t put any crumbs on the dining room table.

Furthermore, I make it pretty explicit that I won’t tell you how to hack your partner’s Facebook account because you suspect they’re cheating on you. Oddly this seems to be one of the most frequent requests I receive.

This morning, however, I received a very polite message from a reader of the blog.

Plz hack email

Part of the message reads:

I want you to hack an email account which is :[REDACTED]@gmail.com
I’m not able to hack this is plz help me for that and after hacking email it’s password to me because I want to use it as my Google account I’d plz sir /madame plz plz plz…. Plz help and you you have to keep yourself promise as you said above plz

I don’t know why my correspondent doesn’t simply ask (in a similarly polite fashion) for the owners of the gmail address he’s interested in to kindly give it to him.

Surely if he says plz enough they’ll be happy to oblige, no hacking required!

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The chap who emailed me said on my online form that he’s happy for me to publish his name. Maybe I should…?

If you have any thoughts on how I should respond, plz feel free to leave a comment below.

Graham Cluley is an award-winning keynote speaker who has given presentations around the world about cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. A veteran of the computer security industry since the early 1990s, he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows, makes regular media appearances, and is the co-host of the popular "Smashing Security" podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

6 comments on “Hack this email account… plz plz plz!”

  1. Rich

    Maybe contact the person at the target email address and point them to this article so they know someone is trying to take over their account?

    1. Daniel Tose · in reply to Rich

      Even better, email the owner and ask how much money would they need to give up the account. Take that and email the "hacker" with that price as the cost of the hack. If he agrees, let him know the owner is willing to part with the account for that much money and to just offer to buy next time.

      1. Neil · in reply to Daniel Tose

        Now I wish I thought like that. Clever idea!

  2. Leo Notenboom

    I think anyone who does any kind of online support gets this kind of crap all the time. I know I do. I actually hired part time assistants several years ago to weed it out from the incoming question stream. WELL worth the expense.

    Always fascinated me how adding z's to plz is supposed to make me more likely to consider the request. Naturally it does just the opposite. Also leads me to believe it's mostly kids (or adults that act like children) trying to hack their friends. You probably also get a constant stream of "I can't login to my account, can you help me get it back?" requests.

    All I can say is … SIGH.

  3. Neil

    This guy asking you to hack an email account sounds like he might be a prankster, trying to see if you’ll at least publish something about. No sane person who’s not a prankster would openly beg you to hack an email account.

    That he offered his own name suggests that once the prank played out, he expected his 15 minutes of fame.

  4. Serban

    …Perhaps "Grow up"?

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