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rl153

about spoofing - merged twice

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I was reading about spoofing, and it seems the way a foreign ip address gains access to your address book ,is through worms such as I love you, Klez, or Sober.,Did the malware programs I ran include these worms for detection,and where do they reside if you are infected with them? thanks!

 

i also read you usually get these worms by downloading attachments, or they usually attack outlook.I just cant figure out how they gained access to my address book on att yahoo webmail if i didn't have a worm.does anyone know?thanks

 

EDIT: I moved this topic to a more appropriate forum.

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my att webmail address book was spoofed and emails were sent to my friends with spam links for different websites selling things.the links all had the word facebook in the web address. i ran all the reccommended programs for virus and spyware.nothing was detected. how did they access my address book without installing a virus or worm? there were 10 emails sent from my email and were in my sent folder. each email went to 9 people. it only happened once ,and it was after accidentally leaving modem and router on overnight.how was this done?thanks!(computer was turned off at the time)

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I merged your topics since you are asking about the same problem in both topics...

 

For someone to spoof your webmail account, they just need to get access through the web - you don't have to have malware on your computer... You can give them the needed information if they hack the site where you log in or they may even be able to steal it directly from Yahoo if they have hacked them... Of course, that would mean many others will also encounter the situation that you did... Leaving the modem on was irrelevant to this problem, especially if the computer was off... Webmail keeps all of your important information online, so your computer doesn't have to be involved at all...

 

Others may be able to give you more details and ideas, so please be patient... We were offline much of today and you just posted last night...

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So somehow they got my email address ,and figured out my password?And all I really had to do is change my password?I don't mean to belabor the point, Thanks!

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Your email address was spoofed on sent mail that appeared to come from you. The actual sender was in Japan.

 

this is the answer cnm gave me. I get it ,I think . I just don't see how they accessed my address book.

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I'm still unsure I dealt with the spammer completely.Emails were sent from my email sent box to people in my address book. This is from an article in pc magazine.

 

richpond said

 

Compromised, or spoofed? Here's a significant point. The article mentions this:

 

"The tactic can also increase the spam message's seeming legitimacy: You're more likely to open email that purports to come from a person or a company you know than email that comes from a total stranger."

 

Why are the spam messages going to people who know you? If a spammer only gets your e-mail address, and sends 'spoof' messages that seem to come from you, those spam messages go all over the place. They are not particularly sent to people you know. But if your own account or computer is compromised, the spammer will have not only your address to use as the 'from' address, but also names and addresses of people in your e-mail account to use for spam targets.

 

So if many people you know are getting messages that seem to come from you, someone may have your entire address book. That is more likely to signify that there's a real compromise rather than just a case of someone finding your own name and address for spoofing.

 

 

 

Richpond makes a very good point: spoofing doesn't give spammers access to your address book; it just uses your email address to send junk. If the junk goes to a bunch of your friends, it's probably not a case of spoofing, but more likely a hacked email account. If it's not hacked, the spammer doesn't have your friends' email addresses

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Please stop creating new topics about this question... If someone has an answer for you, it will be posted in the topic you already started - I have merged them again...

 

Your email account was almost certainly hacked, but it was likely hacked online since it is a webmail account... If you haven't already changed your password, you need to do so and make sure it is a strong one... If it were me, I would probably close the webmail account and create a new one somewhere else...

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Ok ,I won't post new topics anymore. I did change my passwords and I deleted all my contacts in my address book . Then I opened up a new sub account with a completely different name and address. I just don't know if I can completely delete the hacked account ,because it was my primary account on att for a long time .Thanks for responding.I wonder how they got my password?

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You may certainly post other topics if you would like, just no more about the same issue...

 

They could have gotten your password in a number of ways... If you computer was infected, it could have been stolen directly from there assuming you have it saved... They might have gotten it through something that was infecting the site - if that is the case, any other account on that site can be compromised... Of course, if the site quietly cleaned out the infection, it may no longer be a risk - you might want to ask them... There are other ways, but I am not an expert in that, so I will leave it to others to respond... Again, have patience since it can be a while before someone has a chance to look and respond...

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I read the article about yahoo passwords being stolen .My account was att yahoo with an sbcglobal.net address and not yahoo .com. . I don't know if that was included. I had left my modem and router on all night that night by accident, isn't it possible for some hackers to use special trolling equiptment to detect this? I don't really know ,but it seems I heard that somewhere.Anyway ,thanks for responding.

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I read the article about yahoo passwords being stolen .My account was att yahoo with an sbcglobal.net address and not yahoo .com. . I don't know if that was included. I had left my modem and router on all night that night by accident, isn't it possible for some hackers to use special trolling equiptment to detect this? I don't really know ,but it seems I heard that somewhere.Anyway ,thanks for responding.

If you have a wireless connection available through your router and you do not have good security set up, it is certainly possible that someone had full access to your computer and that could still be true... If you went with the default passwords that come with the router, it would take most hackers a few seconds to get into your computer and take whatever they want... Make sure you have a good strong password for access to your wireless...

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thanks budfred,do you think they could have done that through the internet from another country?

No... If someone hitched onto your wireless connection, he/she would have had to be in range... However, there are any number of other ways that the information could have been transferred to someone anywhere else in the world... You best bet to prevent that kind of thing is to armor up your wireless so that no one can get in without the password which you would only give to those you can trust... My wireless password is my most complex... I also have a strong password protecting the router itself so that no one can get access to it and change my settings...

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