In the November issue of The Atlantic, James Fallows shares the story of how his wife’s Gmail account was hijacked and what they went through to recover years of stored messages. It’s a compelling tale that will hopefully bring home the need for secure passwords and offline backups of cloud-based data. follow link
Extract Directly from Time Machine
Normally you use Time Machine to restore lost data in a file like this: within the Time Machine interface, you go back to the time the file was not yet messed up, and you restore it to replace the file you have now.
You can also elect to keep both, but the restored file takes the name and place of the current one. So, if you have made changes since the backup took place that you would like to keep, they are lost, or you have to mess around a bit to merge changes, rename files, and trash the unwanted one.
As an alternative, you can browse the Time Machine backup volume directly in the Finder like any normal disk, navigate through the chronological backup hierarchy, and find the file which contains the lost content.
Once you've found it, you can open it and the current version of the file side-by-side, and copy information from Time Machine's version of the file into the current one, without losing any content you put in it since the backup was made.
What It’s Like to Experience Email Account Hijacking
Nice to hear that Google is helping you (at least if you know some important guys directly) and of course all the conclusions are correct and valid.
But even with the best password etc. startegy I would ALWAYS have a local mailclient download all the mail & data and then have a local backup strategy that includes all thhat data.
I'm surprised how naive and blind people must be to keep this magnitude of data (especially otherwise unrecoverable documents and images !) without backing it up locally.
Also I'm speechless what people expect from a free email service in terms of covering their axx in case of trouble caused by the above mentioned behavior.
just my 2 cents Jo
I use apple mail. In how many places do I have to change my Apple ID password?
The solution, I believe, would be the approach that Rich Mogull went through when he accidentally erased his own iCloud information.