Apparently, my blog went dark on Oct 10-11, and web-surfers were treated to a "This blog has been removed" message when they tried to access it. When I opened Google, I received a message that due to "unusual activity" my acct had been suspended. If I wanted my acct unlocked, I had to provide them with my phone number -- "or the blog gets it!" Mwahahahaaaa!
In the past, I've provided them with a non-gmail acct to send any acct recovery info to -- but that was no longer enough for them. I didn't see any reason for them to have my phone number, but Google-beast refused to let me have my blog or my gmail acct back until I gave them my phone number and waited for an SMS to confirm it. So I that's what I did. Now my blog and gmail are back.
I found nothing out of the ordinary in either of them when I checked. No odd sent mails, no weird comments, no spammers, no trace of hackers. So what was that all about?
The blog hostage thing really worked for them. What will they want next? My SS#? My credit card info? My first born?
Has this happened to anyone else?