Greetings bleepingcomputer community!
Hope you're all having a delightful day.
Over the past few months I've encountered a few situations that have concerned me in regards to whether or not my computer(s) have a security issue. I am posting here to gather feedback from this knowledgeable community as to whether any of the following instances are serious.
The four instances of concern are as follows:
1) I had an account for a video game private server stolen. Prior to having it stolen, I had received a request to have the password changed on my email (a request which I had not made). As such I changed my password from my original one which was extremely simple, to a relatively more complex password. Not more then a week after the account was stolen. The website has unlimited log-in attempts, but what puzzles me is that if they were using a program to guess tons of passwords, why wouldn't that have been able to guess my simple password but instead be able to guess my complex password.
2) I have received similar requests for password resets on various others online accounts.
For each of these first two issues how might the person making the request be aware of my username/email log-in? (It's no one that I know personally)
3) I receive random phone calls from all over the country regularly, and there is never anyone on the other end of the line. I have also received a few miscellaneous text messages from unfamiliar numbers.
4) My mother searched something on her smartphone the other day, and the results that game up all related to supposed Asian pornography websites (Lol), I searched the same query on my computer and received different results (none relating to Asian pornography). Furthermore, based upon the URLs and website descriptions I don't believe they were even legitimate websites. Could this indicate something with my mother's phone (it's an older iPhone, but supposedly they can't be infected)
I would very much appreciate any possible insight that any of you might be able to share with me in regards to these instances. It would go a long way in helping me sleep easier at night.
Software I use: CCleaner (free version), Norton 365, MalwareBytes (free version)
Edited by starndee, 19 May 2016 - 09:07 PM.