First post here. On Sunday February 19, 2012 while logging into LinkedIn.com, a pop up appeared suggesting that I might want to connect with my contacts. Inside the pop up dialogue was my email address with AOL and the pop up requested my password with a disclaimer that 'we will never store your password, or share it with anyone'. This should have been my warning, but it looked like it had originated with LinkedIn and I had seen similar requests on LinkedIn previously as well as FaceBook I believe. These sites love to data mine using your address book to increase membership.
Never thought too much about it, until yesterday (February 23, 2012) at about 1:30 PM a rash of SPAM emails from this AOL email account started arriving first with my wife and then my son, and later in the day I learned with others in my circle of acquaintances; - it even managed to SPAM my own account(s) as I sometimes use this 'less than primary' AOL email ID with others, including myself, and the email ID is used for other sites as well. I've actually had the account for over 12 years.
By the time I tried to access the AOL account from the web, AOL had locked it down, and unfortunately I could not recover the password for it because the email associated as secondary with it was one I no longer use, and haven't used for two years now. Its with another service I no longer subscribe to.
Well, that's my story and besides a flurry of messages to those I care about to warn them, and the cleanup to fix sites that use the ID for one reason or another, my day was quite full, along with the gnashing of teeth.