| Cacique Caribe ||08 Feb 2011 7:49 p.m. PST|
Looks like my email account is spontaneously sending out emails to lots and lots of people. The emails don't include any kind of message, except for a single link to a spam site.
How many people have gotten these from my account? No way to see that really. Nothing strange shows up in my Sent folder. However, on a couple of occasions I've gotten huge batches of undeliverable emails that were sent to contacts who no longer have a valid email address.
My wife suggested that I send out an email to all contacts, letting them know of the problem and my attempts at fixing it, but I think that would just compound the problem further.
What do you guys think? Has anyone else gotten a similar problem?
| Cacique Caribe ||08 Feb 2011 7:52 p.m. PST|
Looks like CombatPainter got something similar in September:
I wonder if it's the same thing or if it's a new strain.
|kyoteblue ||08 Feb 2011 8:03 p.m. PST|
I got some but they went to my spam filter
|Skeptic||08 Feb 2011 8:06 p.m. PST|
I already got two of them, one of which was caught by the spam filter.
| Wyatt the Odd ||08 Feb 2011 8:23 p.m. PST|
I've been getting them from you for about a month and a half now.
Also CC'd (no pun intended) on the one I got today are: The Editor, Marriott's rewards program, Susan G, someone at the War Store, Kate McW, Brock, Red P. and Mister M.
| John the OFM ||08 Feb 2011 8:31 p.m. PST|
I have received two of them, but did not click on the link.
"I did not inhale."
| Editor in Chief Bill ||08 Feb 2011 8:33 p.m. PST|
What Wyatt said
And it's a website in Belgium.
| Cacique Caribe ||08 Feb 2011 9:15 p.m. PST|
"I've been getting them from you for about a month and a half now."
Aw, Wyatt. A month???
And here I thought this was something that started a few days ago. A week at most.
| Cacique Caribe ||08 Feb 2011 9:37 p.m. PST|
I went ahead and changed my Yahoo (sbcglobal.net) password.
Went to Malwarebytes and did a full scan three times. Also ran a full scan on Microsoft Security Essentials another three times.
Please let me know if there's anything else I should do? And, if anyone gets another one of those emails after this post, could you let me know?
Thanks so much.
|Kayl MacLaren ||08 Feb 2011 11:57 p.m. PST|
I don't think it's actually coming from your machine
sounds like a bot picked up your address book and e-mail addy. Unfortunately, other than making sure there aren't any traces of a virus or exploit still on your machine, not much more you can do about it :(
|CPT Jake ||09 Feb 2011 3:53 a.m. PST|
The Army marked it as BAD EVIL DO NOT OPEN SPAM. Or at least did mark it as SPAM.
|alien BLOODY HELL surfer ||09 Feb 2011 4:49 a.m. PST|
Yeh, probably not a hacked account – it's easy to spoof an email address. Then either they do get bounced back to you, or the ones you get are phony cannot be delivered messages to try and get you to open them. I've had it as well before, not much you can do as it's not actually your account most times. You can look at the sending address, then look at the source code / full details and see it's not from you. Luckily spam filters get most of it.
I'd like to get hold of people who write/use these bots and, well, I think I'd get sent to the DH if I said what I'd do to them :-)
|Ed Mohrmann ||09 Feb 2011 5:16 a.m. PST|
Haven't seen any from your e-dress, Dan, but did get one
or two from another e-dress.
Same thing happened to me about 5 years ago, and it is a
bot somewhere out there, so your 'puter's probably OK.
|CLDISME ||09 Feb 2011 7:45 a.m. PST|
Same thing happened to me a few months ago to my Yahoo account. A simple password change solved it.
|richarDISNEY ||09 Feb 2011 8:24 a.m. PST|
When I opened it, I got a Canadian pharmacy site trying to sell me cheap viraga.
| Rebel Minis ||09 Feb 2011 9:00 a.m. PST|
|Terrement ||09 Feb 2011 10:00 a.m. PST|
Got one, reported it as spam to AOL
|artslave ||09 Feb 2011 11:53 a.m. PST|
I have received 2, one this week and one last week. I couldn't open the first one. The one this week was the same Viagra add that richaDisney mentions. No requests to send money to your hotel. :) I got some of them piggy-backed on someone's e-mail last fall.
|John Leahy||10 Feb 2011 4:56 a.m. PST|
Yeah, I have gotten two of them Dan. I sent them to my spam folder.
|combatpainter ||10 Feb 2011 1:08 p.m. PST|
I changed my password and it all stopped.