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Diana Hignutt
08-08-2011, 07:39 PM
Yeah, I got hacked. Quite a few memebers here probably have received a couple of lovely porn or viagra ads from my email. Sorry. I'm working on it. But, I'm a Luddite.

If there's no subject line, it is NOT from me.

I hate to think of what my email sent to my mom and Anne Rice.

Button
08-08-2011, 07:44 PM
Are you sure your email was hacked or was yours spoofed? Check your Sent box. If the box has copies of the emails, it's hacked. If it doesn't, yours was probably spoofed. Meaning they only used your email address with a system that made emails look like they were from you, rather than actually being sent using your email account. Anyone getting it that actually knows who you are might be coincidence.

Common email addresses (bob@aol.com) are more at risk of spoofing.

Just to be safe, hope you changed the password. :)

cray
08-08-2011, 08:14 PM
so,...wait.
am i going to receive my viagra order or not?

Cassiopeia
08-08-2011, 08:18 PM
How come I always get left out of the fun?

Cliff Face
08-09-2011, 06:48 AM
My e-mail was hacked recently too.

Fortunately, it wasn't my writing e-mail address. It was just my personal one, ie. family. So I just closed that account and created a new one for family stuff.

Diana Hignutt
08-09-2011, 03:02 PM
How come I always get left out of the fun?

No problem. Disable your virus protection and give me your email address. Happy to help.

Ambrosia
08-09-2011, 06:18 PM
One? I got like six. :tongue

Diana Hignutt
08-09-2011, 08:19 PM
One? I got like six. :tongue

Umm...sorry!

I've erased my address book, so I think we should be good. I'll be quite mad if I have to get a new address. I've had that one since the beginning of my internet usage. But, now, I've sent everyone who's ever been nice to me, porn and viagra ads. That's why being a well-known Luddite is better.

Medievalist
08-09-2011, 08:23 PM
Diana you weren't hacked; I suspect you either were phised, or you have a keylogger or one of the exploits that targe specific email providers, like yahoo and hotmail.

You need to do some deep scanning for malware.

Button
08-09-2011, 08:53 PM
If you have an email address like that, it's more than likely just spoofed (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E-mail_spoofing). They can keep using it because they don't need access to your computer or your email account. They just use your email address as a "mask" so it just looks like it came from you.

Or if you have sent email in your inbox, and it's only targeting emails from your address book, it's as Medi said and then it was phished or something else.

Medievalist
08-09-2011, 10:18 PM
I'm a recipient; it's absolutely either a case of phising or malware.

The body of the letters is telling; the links are associated specifically with phishing and malware.

Alessandra Kelley
08-09-2011, 11:55 PM
Bad news, Diana. Glad to hear Medievalist is on it.

thothguard51
08-10-2011, 12:05 AM
That will teach you to visit porn sites....

Medievalist
08-10-2011, 12:18 AM
There's no porn on the innernet!

Button
08-10-2011, 12:21 AM
The Internet is for porn!

thothguard51
08-10-2011, 12:24 AM
Porn is what made the internet...

flea23
08-10-2011, 01:17 AM
The same thing happened to several members of my church this year. It is quite embarrassing to receive an invitation from a church member to buy a bunch of viagra.

maybe we should start a new thread on how to deal with viruses, phishing, fishing, flying, reeling, dealing, malware, stealthware, spyware, hardware, and underware (as in underhanded - not the boxers or briefs kind).

Medievalist
08-10-2011, 01:21 AM
There are several such threads in the Tech forum.

bettielee
08-10-2011, 01:25 AM
Yeah, flea, ya noob.

:)

*sends flea junkmail*

Medievalist
08-10-2011, 01:34 AM
Yeah, flea, ya noob.

:)

*sends flea junkmail*

Oh dear, I didn't mean it like that . . . just that it's a ginormous board, and flea might not even know that the Geeks have been sequestered in Tech, so we don't infect the rest of you . . .

flea23
08-10-2011, 01:39 AM
i like the fun. i also have my share of anti virus stuff. Even the best of them missteps and allows an occasional virus.

I had a "boot virus" once. I wanted to put a sock in it. Sheesh.

bettielee
08-10-2011, 02:10 AM
oh Medi, flea and I have already set up a witty banter. You know you have to keep adding to that, lest it slip away.

*pokes flea*

flea23
08-10-2011, 02:59 AM
Garsh, Bettie

Never been poked like that before. you can send me all the junk mail you want. Don't tell my wife though. She don't understand all that terminology. She thinks everything is a virus.

I keep telling her, I'm not a virus. I'm just a little guy.