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zesovietrussian
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Icon 1 posted April 13, 2010 19:01      Profile for zesovietrussian     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Looks like someone somehow managed to get a hold of my old gmail account - a few days ago, I got the good old viagra spam from my old email address sent to my work email. I logged in, and it appears the message I got was also to everyone in my address book. It was just a hit and run attack, password was not changed, no away/vacation messages were set, and none of unread emails were opened. Today, I got the same email from Rhonwyyn's gmail, looks like hers was hacked as well. How in the world did they do it? I know my computer is not compromised, as the hacked account has been inactive for over two years and last time I've logged in was at least a year before I got the computer I'm currently using. WTF???? GRRRR and stuff!
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Ugh, MightyClub
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Icon 1 posted April 13, 2010 20:06      Profile for Ugh, MightyClub     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
They might just be spoofing the return address. If you look at the raw headers you can see who really sent the email.

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Icon 1 posted April 13, 2010 21:03      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I got one from Rhonwyyn too. [ohwell]
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The Famous Druid

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Icon 1 posted April 13, 2010 22:28      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
It's pretty common for a virus to scan your email address list, and send emails to everyone on the list, with the addresses faked to look like they came from someone else on the list.

So it looks like someone, maybe zesovietrussian, maybe Rhonwyyn, maybe some mutual friend of them both (possibly Snaggy), has been infected.

That's what you get for surfing the intarweb without wearing a condom.

[edit] Alternative theory: maybe someone hacked the GC membership list? zsr: is the gmail address the one that's registered with GC?

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dragonman97

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Icon 1 posted April 13, 2010 22:53      Profile for dragonman97   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
As a reminder: Security questions are a leading way [public] e-mail accounts are hacked these days. Please be careful not to use questions that can be answered using information from your Facebook profile or otherwise easily gleaned by others.

(e.g. Sarah Palin's Yahoo account got hacked because the answers were in public knowledge.)

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The Famous Druid

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Icon 1 posted April 14, 2010 00:08      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by dragonman97:
Please be careful not to use questions that can be answered using information from your Facebook profile or otherwise easily gleaned by others.

Or choose a wrong answer that you use consistently, eg. Mothers maiden name: Rumpelstiltskin.

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TheMoMan
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Icon 1 posted April 14, 2010 07:11      Profile for TheMoMan         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
____ In the grand scheme of things, Is this suspicious about every 45 days my connection will really act flaky. Change to a different URL with the Bookmarks file and the modem does not start blinking, pull up the bookmark for the router and get a time out, unable to connect try several times, same result. I would really like to see the router log at that time but I am unable. Disconnect power to the router and it resets and works good for a long time.

____ Now the question has some person or persons unknown gained access to my router??? Power off and power back on resets every thing, the router causes the modem to redial and data flows. We do live in an area where the lights blink on occasion.

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dragonman97

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Icon 1 posted April 14, 2010 08:27      Profile for dragonman97   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
MoMan: It's far more likely that your connection sucks. [Smile]

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Icon 1 posted April 14, 2010 08:45      Profile for TheMoMan         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
____ Dman, that it does, I get hooked up at any where between 14K/48K depending on the "Can you here me now Gods" They want out of copper connections and their customer service shows it.

____ I wish we had some form of BroadBand out here, that did not involve a Device in orbit. I always take one of the laptops with us when we visit one of the kids they all have BroadBand at 3Gig or faster.

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MacManKrisK

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Icon 1 posted April 14, 2010 09:36      Profile for MacManKrisK     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by The Famous Druid:
Or choose a wrong answer that you use consistently, eg. Mothers maiden name: Rumpelstiltskin.

/me hacks TFD's account.

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Icon 1 posted April 14, 2010 17:05      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I'd just like to say, for the record, that ASM was right about everything, and that's me in the infamous goatse picture.

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Icon 1 posted April 19, 2010 05:22      Profile for Anovadea     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Hmm... A co-inky-dink, it seems. A few weeks ago, my yahoo account, (associated with my gc account - make of that one what you will, although it's associated with a few different sources) got 'guessed' as well (I won't say hacked because the password was the same as a few fora I'm on, including GC). I don't think it was viagra spam, but I didn't follow the link to find out.

Anyway, everyone on my contact list (which was small) was mailed. Given that I don't use Windows that often (mostly solaris and linux these days - suggesting it's probably not a virus), I'd be more inclined to think the vector was XSS (or some other browser vulnerability) or someone getting my password from the user tables of a site. The mails were sent when I wasn't online, which suggested it wasn't any of my machines doing the mailing. Unfortunately, I can't see the headers so I can't dissect them to get an idea of where the mailer was.

Anyway, the upshot is, it forced me to rotate my password (twice - I noticed the behaviour, changed my password and then, several days later, Yahoo forced me to change it because they finally got around to noticing the spam), which was probably for the best.

Aoife

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The Famous Druid

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Icon 1 posted April 19, 2010 07:15      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I dunno how this happened, but in the last few days I've been getting spam in Finnish.

Lots of it.

Bloody Vikings.

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fs

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Icon 1 posted April 25, 2010 03:46      Profile for fs   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I guess in lieu of spring cleaning this year, I should do a spring password changing.

Or, looking at the number of passwords I'd be required to change, maybe I'll just clean instead.

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