State Senator's E-Mail Hacked

By Jami Brinton, Reporter

Senator Bob Dvorsky reading scam email sent from his personal email account (Matt Nelson/SourceMedia Group)


By Aaron Hepker

IOWA CITY – State Senator Robert Dvorsky’s personal Yahoo e-mail account has been hacked.

“It really does make me feel sort-of compromised,” Senator Dvorsky said. “You try and be as protective and security conscious as possible on these things.”

Early Wednesday morning, hundreds of the senator’s e-mail contacts received an e-mail from the senator’s account.

Johnson County Sheriff Lonny Pulrabek read the email and was the first to notify Senator Dvorsky of its contents.

“I called him and read it to him and said someone has hacked into your account,” Pulkrabek said.

“Good thing we have friends,” Senator Dvorsky said.

The Iowa Senate Majority’s office sent an e-mail Wednesday morning to legislative colleagues of Senator Dvorsky’s telling them to ignore the email sent from the senator’s personal account and that ”Senator Dvorsky is no closer to Scotland than you are this morning.”

The writer of the two-paragraph e-mail posed as Senator Dvorsky who was in need of a 10,000 pounds loan after misplacing his wallet while on a trip to Scotland.

“Any time someone is wanting you to help them do what looks like launder money in exchange for money, it’s a scam,” Pulkrabek said.

The senator believes his password was likely stolen several months ago when he sent it in an e-mail to whom he thought was a representative of Yahoo. That e-mail — written on Yahoo letterhead – said that the company was making a lot of changes and requested Senator Dvorsky’s password. “Sounded legitimate,” Dvorsky said. “Obviously it’s not.”

Dvorsky now realizes that companies like Yahoo do not ask their users for their passwords and that e-mail was a scam, too. The senator labels this incident as a lesson everyone can learn from. “You need to be careful and make sure whomever you’re sending the email to, they’re legitimate,” he said.

Dvorsky said he is working with Yahoo to resolve the security issues. This may involve altering his password or opening a new account. The senator says he believes there should be tougher state and federal laws regarding white collar crime.

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